JAMMU, Aug 9: Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move of bringing J&K under Central Laws, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology – Teaching Association Jammu (SKUAST-TAJ) had demanded special package from Central Government for sanction of much required Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, Dairy Technology and Department of Seed Science Technology as the proposal in this regard was made hostage to the process of seeking repeated queries by the State Government for the last 14 years.
According to the President SKUAST-TAJ, Dr Vikas Sharma, the university had vigorously pursued the matter and replied to all queries with regard to required staff strength and budget estimates for the response of concerned authorities, but there was zero progress on the matter.
“The persons at the helm of affairs in the State Government administration made mockery of this only farm and professional University of the Jammu Division as SKUAST Kashmir has added five more faculties to its strength viz., Faculty of Horticulture, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Dairy Technology, Faculty of Fisheries and Faculty of Forestry in the last fourteen years and this is a matter of glaring example of discrimination with Jammu, ” he said in a statement after meeting of the SKUAST-TAJ over the issue.
Vikas Sharma lamented that despite all out efforts, submissions, communications and representations, the State Government did not sanction these much required additional faculties of SKUAST -Jammu till date due to lack of funds.
Dr Vivek M Arya, General Secretary of the Association, asserted that this piecemeal handling of the request of the SKUAST-Jammu has done much harm to the student community of Jammu region. He further informed that the Association will take up the matter with Lt Governor for immediate redressal of the long pending proposal that will go a long way in bringing the neglected farmers and people of Jammu to feel and become a part of great Indian nation.
The meeting was attended by Dr P K Rai, Dr Devinder Sharma, Dr Rajeev Bharat, Dr Jai Kumar, Dr Poonam Parihaar, Dr Amitesh Sharma and other executives of TAJ.