The Jammu and Kashmir administration has initiated the process of upgrading the government degree colleges in two districts of South Kashmir. The project has been started with the construction of 12 additional classroom blocks and two common halls at the government college at Bijbehara, Anantnag in South Kashmir. The construction work on the ground floor of the block has been completed and shuttering for the laying of slab on the first floor is underway. The cost of the project is ₹10.31 crore, which is being funded by a World Bank-funded project of Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project for the development of government degree colleges.
“JTFRP World bank funded this project for the well being of Kashmiri students. Two common halls and 12 classrooms are being constructed. The project began in November 2019 and should be completed within the next 18 months. A lot of time was wasted due to lockdown and pandemic as we did not have any standard operating procedure. But now the work is steadily progressing. Students difficulties will be minimised,” said Shahjehan Ahmad Itoo, Assistant Executive Engineer – R&B on the Government college being upgraded.
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Due to a shortage of classrooms, students were facing many issues. The conditions are expected to get a lot of better now that the classrooms are under construction. This step has been hailed by the students as a good initiative for bettering the educational institutions.
“We were facing a lot of problems. Classroom addition will help all the students. We’re looking forward to our new and spacious classrooms,” Kafeel Bhat, a student, said.
Although the educational institutions are closed across Kashmir valley, construction work restarted soon after the government eased lockdown restrictions. The better infrastructure would prove to be beneficial for promoting the students to attend colleges with much ease and has definitely paved the way for more developments that would further benefit the students and the colleges.