Darhal people hold protest, demand Degree College

Excelsior Correspondent
RAJOURI,  Apr 16:   After the announcement by  Government for establishment of new Government Degree Colleges in Jammu division, civil society from  tehsil Darhal held strong protest demonstration at  Rajouri  town today.
Today on the 4th consecutive day of protest- dharna at Darhal,  the people today came on several vehicles in the shape of large rally to Rajouri town during the day  and then took out strong protest march in the town which culminated at the office of Deputy Commissioner, Dr Shahid Iqbal.
After holding protest demonstration there for some time, a delegation of the prominent people of the area under Joint Action Committee submitted a memorandum  to him for the State Chief Minister demanding establishment of Degree College at Darhal tehsil headquarter.  They described denial of college to Darhal as most injustice with thousands of students of the area.  The DC assured them to take up their issue with the concerned higher authorities.
The JAC  has launched agitation on April 13  and said  it will continued till the Government sanctions Degree College in Tehsil  Darhal.  People of Darhal have been observing protest dharna.  They were also taking out protest march on daily basis in the main market of the town attracting attention of the Government towards their long pending demand.
Zahid Sarfraz Malik convener of Joint Action Committee Darhal said that  after the introduction of the Right to Education Act, enrolment in educational institutes of Tehsil Darhal has reached respectable level at the primary and secondary level. To enable these enrolled participants to compete in a dynamic world, the Government needs to consider providing regulatory support, for higher education to adopt niche and futuristic institutions. Darhal is one of the remote and backward Tehsil  of the State with a population of more than 65,000 and mostly comprises of lower economy class families . 70% of the population is up to the age of 35 years.
He said at  present in tehsil Darhal there are more than 200 Government and private institutions from Primary to Higher Secondary and approximately 10,000 students with equal number of girls and boys are studying in these institutions. Alone in tehsil Darhal there are approximately 20 Higher Secondary and High Schools, in which almost 4000 students were enrolled but after Higher secondary 95 % students could not continue for higher education because of non availability of a Degree College in Darhal.


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