No IIT, IIM, and IMC for Kashmir yet: Govt
SRINAGAR: The State Government Monday said that an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) are being established in Jammu. Land has already been identified at Village Jaggi in Nagrota in district Jammu for setting up permanent campus of IIT. The Government further said that the matter with regard to setting up of IIT and IIM in Kashmir pertains to Government of India.
This was stated by the Higher Education Minister, Naeem Akhtar, in a written reply in response to a question raised by independent MLA Engineer Rashid whether government intends to set IIT and IIM and IMC in the Kashmir region. The Minister said that no land has been identified in Jammu yet for the establishment of IIM there. He said that the Government of India has advised the state government to identify pieces of land measuring approximately 200 acres each both in Jammu and Srinagar and also two teams have been constituted by Government of India for visiting and finalizing the sites for establishment of AIIMS.
That two institutes of repute and excellence are being established in the Jammu region is well and fine. But it begs the question why the same is not happening in Kashmir- especially at a time when Kashmiri youth are facing a constrained higher education structure. There is a vast supply and demand mismatch between the supply of quality education and demand for it. There is clamor for better and quality education. An IIT and IIM in Kashmir would have served as a bridge for young aspirants in Kashmir and led to a network effect. But, alas, this is not happening as of now despite the fact that the PDP is the coalition partner of the BJP and has more seats. It is a travesty that the PDP is unable to be more assertive and plead for the interests of Kashmir.
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