Shaheed Bhagat Singh Government College, which was built by the municipal committee, Kotkapura, in 1984 has not only lost half of its building since it was declared unsafe by the PWD last year but has also lost another part of it, as the residential building, which was once being used, has now been rendered useless.
The foundation stone of the residential colony of the college was laid by the then Faridkot deputy commissioner Sarvesh Kaushal in May 1991, but 22 years later the college wears a deserted look, with windows and doors of most residential quarters broken and stray dogs having an easy access to the buildings. The huge amount of money has gone waste.
The residential colony of the college consists of four houses meant to accommodate teaching staff, two quarters for class-4 employees and a big house as residence of the principal. But all these buildings are in a shambles and need repair.
"Earlier, residential accommodations were occupied by the staff of the college but now most people have their own houses and the house rent deductions are also considerably higher. So with the passage of time, the staff abandoned the residential colony and constructed their own houses, leaving the colony deserted," claimed a source.
"Once the principal used to have his residence on the premises of the college but most of the time the college had failed to get a full-time principal and the accommodation had remained vacant," claimed another source.
The college had another remarkable possession, which most educational institutes do not have. It has a sports stadium with an 800-metre track, but it seems to have hardly been used.
"The stadium has been rarely used in the past 13 years except on two to three occasions. After Kotkapura was accorded the status of a tehsil last year, the Republic Day and Independence Day functions are held here," said a source.
"In 2011, the local Baba Seechewal Club improved the condition of the stadium by making collections from donors and with funds from the college. They ploughed it, levelled it, planted grass and gave a new look to it, but it has again slipped back into neglect," said a teacher.
The grass in the stadium seems to have gone dry due to lack of watering. Some pits were dug up to plant saplings, which is yet to be done.
Principal Mohammad Jamil said, "Nobody is living in the residential colony on the college premises because people have got their own houses. When I joined in January, I wrote to the authorities concerned to carry out repair in the principal's residence, but due to lack of funds the work could not start and I had to stay elsewhere."
"The electric motor had also developed a problem, but now it is all right and we intend to make arrangements to cater to the water needs of the college," he claimed. The college would also be provided funds for the main building soon. "I am trying to make it one of the best colleges once again," the principal said.