Bibi Haleema College: Students Allege Authorities Issuing Threats


Srinagar, Nov 7: Amid continued protest over official apathy, the students of Bibi Haleema College of Nursing and Medical Technology accused the college authorities of issuing threats asking them to call off their protest strike.

Students of the institution today alleged that the college authorities are threatening them with dire consequences if they didn’t call off the ongoing protests and strike against the college. “They told us that they would fail us in coming exams, if we didn’t call off the strike”, said a female student while talking to KNS.

The students have been protesting against alleged official apathy for getting the college registered by authorities outside the state, which would have enabled them to earn jobs or higher degrees outside the state.

Meanwhile, Principal of the College, Tanveera Makhdoomi admitted that the future of the students of the college was dark.

“Their (student’s) future is really in dark and I agree it is painful”, said Mukhdhoomi while talking to KNS. However, she said that she had twice met with the Punjab Nursing Registration Council (PNR) authorities who in return assured her of immediate registration. “I don’t know why there is delay. The Institution is recognized by Indian Council and affiliated with Kashmir University for the conduction of examination and awarding of degrees, the only lacuna is registration”, she added.

The Principal, Tanveera Makhdoomi, said there is no deadline for getting registration, while students allege that the college authorities are asking students to refrain from making protest demonstrations or face dire consequences in upcoming examinations.

“The process of registration is on and there is no deadline for it (registration). Had it been in my hands I might have implemented it”, she added.

When asked about the students’ demands for deputing a permanent principal to the college, she said, “In my opinion, principal should not be changed frequently.

Sources said that the file of registration was pending on the table of Section Officer (SO) Medical Education Department in Civil Secretariat and was never followed up by the college authorities, “It was only after the intervention of students who themselves followed and succeeded in sending file from this table to Secretary Health in civil secretariat”, sources added.

“They’re spoiling our careers. There is neither infrastructure nor suitable building for the institution”, said Mehrukh Jan. “Last time executive body member Dr. Mehrajudin assured us of construction of new college building within two months but more than three years have passed since without any results”, she added.

“We’ve never seen college management serious about our careers. It was not only PNR but they have other options in other States to apply for”, said Sheikh Mohammad Muzaffar.

“Twice the notification for the internal examinations has been issued but due to uncertainity we’re not able to concentrate on the studies”, said Nelofar Farooq. “Authorities are forcing us to ignore what a man of prudence is bound to take in notice”, she added.

Pertinently, despite of having established by Wakf Board and having State Chief Minister Omar Abdullah its chairman, college has not been able to get recognition from PNR. (KNS)

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