Srinagar, June 12: Coaching Centres Association (CCA) of Kashmir has criticized the government of blatant discrimination as Jammu has been allotted All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) but Kashmir has been denied Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
The association accused the government of playing the emotions of majority of people of Kashmir. “We don’t criticize the decision for granting AIIMS to Jammu, but what about Kashmir; the government has squarely denied IIT, IIMC and IIM to Kashmir,” said G N Var chairman CCA.
The association said that Jammu already has number of engineering avenues and it is a Kashmiri student that has to suffer for the want of such institutions. “Jammu has government engineering college, Kashmir have none, Jammu has three private engineering colleges, Kashmir have just one and now Jammu will have IIM, IIMC and IIT too and Kashmir will have nothing,” said Var. “The irony is that no Kashmiri lawmakers is raising any voice against the discrimination.”
The association said that government has always been making hurdles in smooth functioning of educational institutes in Kashmir. “All rules are for Kashmir division only, be it with regarding to fee of private schools or registration of coaching centres or establishing of private colleges and Jammu has a free run,” said Var. “Jammu has 16 private degree colleges and Kashmir has just three. They simply don’t allow local entrepreneurs to establish private institutions here.”
The association threatened to launch a widespread agitation against this discrimination incase government doesn’t establish IIT, IIM and IIMC in Kashmir too. “We are landlocked and our students studying outside face constant discrimination, which necessitates establishing of institutions of higher education here,” said Var. “If government doesn’t meet our demands then it should expect thousands of students on roads. We are already in consultation with schools association, people from traders community and civil society. If the discrimination continues we will start a joint agitation for demanding our rights.”
The association is charting out a calendar for next events in coordination with other stakeholders. “Don’t expect us to remain mum on this discrimination. By virtue of these institutions government is investing more than 1000 crores in Jammu division and Kashmir is not getting a single penny whose economy needs urgent push in the wake of last years floods,” said Var. “We ask government to come clean on this issue.”
2015 Kashmir Despatch