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Will Not Allow Shifting of CUK from Ganderbal 

We request all the political representatives in Ganderbal to be united this time and come up with a programme on the said issue and expose those behind the delay.

Ganderbal district, carved out of Srinagar in year 2007, borderes Srinagar district in the south, Bandipore to the north, Kargil in the northeast, Islamabad to the southeast, Baramulla in the southwest and is divided into four blocks viz, Ganderbal, Kangan, Lar and Wakoora. Historically Ganderbal has always remained peaceful, an attractive and a safer tourist destination for every tourist till date. We want more peace and development to prevail not only in Ganderbal but to the rest of the valley as well. The successive regime had failed to strengthen basic infra-structure and facilities forthe inhabitants residing within boarders of the said district.

Under the rule of National Conference (N.C), people were promised a unique Islamic University at Ganderbal and on such direction Muslim Auqaf Trust (MAT) headed by the then Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah had earmarked 100 kanals of land for the said university at Ganderbal. Once Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came into power, they reversed the NC Govt's decision and announced that an Islamic University will be established in Awantipur in South Kashmir.  Every big development in any district is a welcome step and need encouragement and support irrespective of petty political interests.  

Central University of Ganderbal established in Year 2009, possessing more than 500 kanals of land, falls in three villages Tulmulla,Barsoo and Kurhama. During fifth plan (2012-2017) the varsity authorities have said that Rs 191.55 crores and Rs 17.39 Crores were earmarked for construction of buildings and campus development respectively at Ganderbal.  Lakhs of rupees were utilized for soil testing and foundation laying ceremonies. CUK in reply to an RTI application filed by lawyer Jeelani in year 2015, said that the amount spent till 2015 on the construction of the buildings, soil testing, consultancy, landscape and foundation laying ceremonies was Rs 78706212. 

Central University of Kashmir is paying crores of rupees as rent for private buildings to run its academic activities. An estimated accounts that authorities are paying is whopping Rs 4,10,88,804 every year to the owners of the rented  private buildings. Responding to a calling attention notice by Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar, the Honorable Education Minister said following the communication from MHRD, the university has been asked to stop all the constructional activities till the visit of the project monitoring unit of MHRD. 

We are peace lovers; do not compel us to take to streets. Already tests have been conducted to the soil by the expert team and huge capital has been invested by the government. On this issue, we are going to inform every individual in the district and will remain well prepared to fight against all odds, but will never let anything wrong happen this time.  Crores of rupees have been invested by the government on the said project and to speak about winding it up is a big fraud. What is the need to constitute a new team, when tests stand conducted.

We request all the political representatives in Ganderbal to be united this time and come up with a programme on the said issue and expose those behind the delay. The Central University should not be allocated to different place and I hope media to represent the aspirations of the people of Ganderbal and support our cause for the sake of public interest at large. 





The author is a Social Activist and Political Commentator from Dab-Ganderbal and can be reached at [email protected]

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