UDHAMPUR, Mar 1: Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Planning, Development and Monitoring, Rohit Kansal today laid the foundation stone of Degree College at Neeli Nalla Udhampur, in presence of Dr Piyush Singla, District Development Commissioner Udhampur, Senior officers of PWD (R&B), the District Administration as well as students and staff of Govt Degree College Udhampur the Nodal College.
A large number of students, who were from the catchment area, were seen in jubilant mood and they said that with the opening of this College in their area, not only dropout rate will come down but they will also not be concerned about going to Udhampur Colleges, thus easing further the burden on these two existing Colleges.
Various local Sarpanches, Panches and other people, while expressing their views, said that this College will cater to the need of higher education of inhabitants of hundred plus villages and a score of Panchayat halqas.
Addressing the public at the College site, Rohit Kansal said that a long pending demand of the people of the area for a Degree College has been met today and Government is committed to take higher education to the doorsteps for everyone. He also said that it is for the first time that the Government is going to the people to take care of their needs. He further said that PWD (R&B) Department has been entrusted with the job of construction of building infrastructure of the college with all modern amenities within a stipulated time.
Prof (Dr) Nutan Kr Resutra , Principal GDC Udhampur and Nodal Officer Higher Education Department Udhampur, who coordinated the program, said on the occasion that the site selection for this institute of higher learning has been done meticulously by the Department as it happens to be the central place for its catchment area and has a good road connectivity.
With this new addition , total number of colleges in the district has gone up to eight. It is worthwhile to mention here that very recently Governor’s administration had sanctioned 50 Degree Colleges for the State to make higher education easily accessible to the people of J&K.