Budgam: This is Kashmir — the construction work on satellite campus of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), which was inaugurated in May 2013 in district Budgam’s Patwaw village, has not started yet.
Asif Ali, a student, who pursued graduation in Urdu and wanted to continue higher studies in the same language, said, “After the foundation of MANUU campus was laid, I made up my mind that I will get admission here and pursue higher education in Urdu. However, due to delay in the construction my dream didn’t come true.”
Pertinently, the foundation for MANUU campus was laid by former Union Minister for Human Resources Development, M M Pallam Raju along with the then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in presence of Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Aga Syed Ruhullah and Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen.
“The district administration, state and central governments have failed to provide relief to the people of Budgam. We have always faced discrimination in every area; education and health sectors are prime examples,” Manzoor Ahmad, a local resident said.
Meanwhile, Regional Director MANNU, and In-charge Satellite Campus Kashmir, Dr Mohammad Aijaz Ashraf told ‘Kashmir Images’ that in 2017, tenders of Rs 3.65 crore were floated for construction of boundary wall and guard-room but due to “unnecessary obstruction by few locals”, they had to cancel the tenders.
“The main entrance of MANUU campus will be 30-feet in width; how can we provide 12-feet road to them?” he said. “When government allotted land to us, at that time the issue of road was nowhere.”