Magam College Fails to Draft Syllabus

Principal blames ‘crisis-hit’ Kashmir University

MAGAM — Failing to draft a syllabus after months of assurances to the aspiring students of media studies, the authorities at Government Degree College Magam in central Kashmir’s Budgam district have cancelled a ‘Media Script Writing’ course – one year after it was allotted to the institute by University of Kashmir.

“Due to unavailability of syllabus for the subject, the college is unable to start teaching of the proposed subject,” Principal, GDC, Magam, Prof Zahir-Ud-Din Mir said. However what can be termed as a “deceptive approach” to the students, the Principal after few weeks of claiming to launch a course, issued orders that it would be cancelled, citing unavailability of syllabus as the main reason.

The Government Degree College Magam being the first institute in the valley to have allotted Media Script Writing as a subject but due to the cavalier attitude  of college authorities in getting the syllabus for the past one year the subject has been called off for this session. Scores of aspiring students expressed dismay over the “callous” and “incapable” approach of the College authorities.

“We have been requesting the college authorities to get the syllabus for the subject but they didn’t  heed to our demands,” a delegation of students told KNS.

“We approached the higher ups in the college several times with the request to start teaching the subject but they cited unavailability of the syllabus as main reason,” they said.

“This is strange when the Principal is  unable to get a simple syllabus allotted for the course – how is he going to run the whole affairs of the college,” said Danish Ahmad,  an aspiring media student.

“We were assured that the syllabus would  be brought very soon from the University but nothing happened so far,” he said.

Degree College Magam is presently functioning in Government Higher secondary Magam as its building is under construction and provides various courses under Art Science.

Hundreds of students from various parts of the nearby area come to Degree College Magam to pursue courses under Art Science.

“It has been a year now since the subject was allotted to the college but due to the negligence of the Kashmir University authorities there is maximum possibility that the subject will stand cancelled for this session,” Principal of the college said.

Pertinently, while terming education as the “most powerful” medium to create an enlightened, progressive and a peaceful society, the Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar had earlier said that the present Government has flagged this sector as its top “most priority.”

The Minister said that in order to further enhance the standards of education, the education system was being rationalized, which was imperative for brighter future of the students. He said to achieve 100 per cent literacy in the State, the Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) have to play a pivotal role in increasing the enrolment of children in schools in their respective localities.

Blaming the  main opposition National Conference, Akhtar had said the government was trying to revitalize the department from the ‘debris left over by previous regime.’

“I don’t need more resources or more money to upgrade my education sector but I am using the available resources which are meant for this purpose,” the education minister had said.

While taking a dig at the previous NC lead coalition government for ‘downgrading’ the education sector, Naeem Akhtar  had said that the previous government failed to utilize the funds approved by Government of India for 99 model schools and 65 girls hostels meant for students of educationally backward areas. “Not a single penny was used for this purpose, with the result , some of the schemes were closed,” newspaper reports quoted the minster as saying.

Meanwhile Registrar, University of Kashmir and Dean Academic Affairs, KU, claimed ignorance about the issue.

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