5 years on, Bandipora Polytechnic College nowhere near completion

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Five years down the line, the government polytechnic college in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district is yet to be completed even as the college is functioning from a rented house, taking a heavy toll on the academics of the students.
The college was established in 2012 with mechanical engineering and tourism & travel diploma courses being currently taught at two separate places owing to the slow pace of work on the construction of building at Watapora since 2012.
“The administrative block of the college functions from a rented house while the two academic blocks function from two different places. The academic block of Tourism and Hospitality Management functions at Nibripora while the academic block of Mechanical Engineering functions from three rented rooms of a private B.Ed. college in Papchan at a distance of three km from the administrative block,” said Zahid Farooq, a student of mechanical engineering.
Though the college has well equipped labs for Mechanical Engineering but due to unavailability of space students have to face a lot of inconveniences. “The chemistry, physics, BIT and AutoCAD labs are well equipped and 60-70 per cent practical are done but there is lack of space as there are only three rooms for mechanical department that too in a rented building,” the students said.
Two batches of mechanical engineering have passed out from the college in 2015 and 2016. Currently, the department has 2nd, 4th and 6th semester batches in progress. The department has 60 intake capacity and there are 53, 24 and 34 students enrolled in 2nd, 4th and 6th semesters respectively.
The college building having three blocks is being constructed at Watapora by JKPCC. “Only a structure has been built so far as the work was left mid-way last year for reasons best known to the local administration and the executing agency,” locals said.
When contacted, Minister of State for Technical Education, Priya Sethi, said that she would look into the matter. “I will try to get the remaining work on the college done as soon as possible,” she assured.

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