Deadlock continues on KU’s control over Kargil, Leh campuses

Irfan Tramboo
SRINAGAR, Nov 27: After the creation of Ladakh as a separate Union Territory, authorities of Kashmir University are indecisive regarding the fate of its two satellite campuses in Kargil and Leh.
As per sources, the Varsity administration had sent a letter that it be allowed to have the control over the twin campuses even after Ladakh being declared as a separate Union Territory; however, the request has not been granted.
As the request was deemed to have been denied, the KU administration has sought that it be at least allowed to have the control over the campuses till the existing students who have been enrolled pass out as it cannot afford to jeopardize the career of scores of students studying in various courses.
Sources further added that if the request is not granted, the KU administration will consider the option of calling its faculty back from both the campuses as scores of departments are facing a shortage of faculty as of now. The newly created Ladakh University is expected to take control of the campuses provided things move ahead.
While all this is happening, the Directors of both the campuses in Kargil and Ladakh have not been so far informed by the KU authorities on the roadmap which will be followed post the creation of Ladakh as a separate Union Territory, neither the Government has been able to take any call regarding the future of the twin campuses where scores of students are enrolled under various courses.
Registrar, Kashmir University Professor Nisar Ahmad Mir told Excelsior over phone that there has not been any official announcement yet in this regard. “Recently there was a meeting of the council and the issue of the control over the two campuses was under the focus; we have put our demands, but no official decision has come out yet,” he said.
Professor Farooq Ahmad Khan, Director Leh campus told Excelsior: “We are carrying as we used to; we have not been intimated about anything yet, so we are carrying on normally, but the indecisiveness is there.” Same is the case with the administration of the Kargil campus of the varsity also has not been intimated about anything.
Coming into being in the year 2015, currently, the Leh campus is offering PG courses in Geology, MBA Tourism, English and integrated courses like BBA-MBA, BSC-MSC Geology, while as Kargil campus is offering somewhat similar courses. The Kargil campus was built at a cost of Rs 29 Crore, while as the Leh campus was built at an estimated cost of Rs 27 crore.