Baramulla (Jammu and Kashmir), Apr 4 (ANI): The Kashmir University has opened up a new campus in Baramulla District to accommodate the growing number of students in the region.
Constructed by Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Company (JKPCC), the campus is placed between the scenic mountain ranges of the Kashmir Valley.
The new campus is a godsend for students of far-flung areas like Kupwara, Sopore, Uri, who had to travel hundreds of kilometres to reach the main university campus in Srinagar.
"The first advantage of it (the new campus) is that there were only two engineering colleges in the region. There are many students and aspirants who want to become engineers in their life. All of them couldn't get accommodation in these two colleges. The outcome was that everybody started going outside the state to study," said Jan Mohammad, a student.
"They had to leave their parents and their homeland. They had to sacrifice themselves for the sake of their career, so the main concern is that we can stay at our place and study; we don't have to leave this place. We are not leaving our parents' side. We are fulfilling our wishes (while) being in our home," added Mohammad.
The university has administrative, science and art blocks and provides several professional, technical and arts courses, including a Diploma in Tourism Management, Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Business Administration, Bachelor's in Technology, Masters in English, etc.
"The most important contribution towards this university would be that every campus would have their own specialization. This campus has technological specialization; this university branch is a full-fledged engineering branch," said Farooq Ahmed, Director of Kashmir University.
"Now, we have introduced computer science engineering and later we will be introducing civil, electrical and the basic need base of the state. Further, job-oriented courses would also be introduced," he added.
Ahmed further said the construction of the campus was a challenge for them, as it is situated at such a high altitude. Special arrangements for pumping water from hundreds of metres below had to be made. (ANI)