The Central University of Kashmir (CUK), functioning from rented buildings for the past few years, will have its own campus as the government has allotted 4,000 kanals of land in central Kashmir, where foundation stone for the main building will be laid on May 28.
"We have been functioning from different buildings located in various areas of the summer capital, Srinagar, for the past few years, CUK first vice-chancellor Prof Abdul Wahid said.
He said: "The university could not get any big building from where we could function under one roof. However, he said, in order to make sure students do not suffer and get admission, we hired building wherever they were available."
However, he said, the accommodation available was not sufficient to provide all facilities to students. But, the
university is doing everything possible to provide good education to students.
Prof Wahid said now the government has allotted 4,000 kanals of land to university in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal.
"The land was handed over to us and we have demarcated it," he said adding that the work on construction of boundary wall of the land was going on a war footing. He said the foundation stone for the main building of the university would be laid on May 28. Initially human resources development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal was to lay the foundation stone, Prof Wahid said adding now some other union minister will be coming to lay the foundation stone.
He said, "The construction of buildings will be done in a phased manner since we have to level the land."
Prof Wahid said the university has already started a number of courses and this year some more will be added.
However, he said, the university is facing shortage of teaching staff.
"Because of curfew and strike in February and March this year, we could not conduct interview of candidates who had applied for different posts, particularly teaching staff," he said.
"Now as things are setting better, we have started interview from May 16 to fill all faculty posts, he said, adding that will have good teaching staff very soon."
Prof Wahid said: "A number of faculty members from the Kashmir University (KU) have also applied in the CUK. But, we have to appoint only those who are eligible as per norms of the central university."
"We are advertising our posts in national newspapers so that those interested from other states could also apply, he said, adding: "We are choosing among the best only so that our students could receive quality education."