It is not far away that union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry will cancel the allotment of central university (CU) to Jammu and Kashmir and will give it to some other state – then the responsibility will lie on the state government who has not yet taken decision where the land will be provided for the university.
Highly place sources have said that union HRD ministry might shift the central university from Jammu and Kashmir because state government is not showing keen interest in providing the land to central university and has not taken any initiative to end the stir in the state over establishing CU.
Sources further said that chief minister Omar Abdullah is the authority to take the decision as where to provide the land for CU but he has not yet taken any initiative to do that.
Sources added that it is not ideal that there should be 4000 kanals of land for CU but any thing around 2000 kanals could do the job and the state government is the authority to take the decision.
Talking to HT on phone line from Srinagar, Vice Chancellor CU Professor Abdul Wahid Qureshi, said, “The stir over establishing CU in either of the region has slow down the activities of university. I couldn’t invite application forms for the admission for postgraduate courses and research. All other universities have started the admission process but we lacking behind in it.”
Professor Qureshi said that neither the CU has been put on hold nor they have started recruitment process.
Qureshi said, “We got the considerable instruction from the HRD ministry to slow down the activities. We earlier issued the notification for recruitment of staff and we received large number of applications but had to put brake on the recruitment process because of the controversy over the establishment of CU in the state. I was expecting that in upcoming couple of months the controversy will be over and we will start working. But I think the solution in nowhere near.”
Qureshi said that in his first meeting with the then union HRD minister Arjun Singh, he raised the issue of establishing two campuses of central university in the state to avoid the confrontation on it but that was not considered at that point of time.
Qureshi said that compromise on land could be done but important is that CU should be established which should be prime objective of all.
When asked that state government has requested two central universities from HRD ministry, Qureshi replied, “It is very difficult for HRD ministry to sanction two central universities for Jammu and Kashmir because there are many states which have not even given one CU. In my opinion it is not possible.”
On the other hand central university Andolan Samiti (CUAS) convenor Pavitar Singh has threatened to go for mass agitation after August 30 if the CU will not establish in Jammu.
Singh said, “We have given the state government time till August 30 to decide on the matter and if the matter will not be sorted out with in stipulated time, we will come on street and will go for mass agitation.”