Snowfall wreaks havoc in KU, several departments damaged

Snowfall wreaks havoc in KU, several departments damaged

Tree branches fall on roof-tops of Psychology, Islamic Studies, Sociology, MSW departments

Owais Gul

Srinagar, Nov 13 (KNO): The November 7 snowfall that created havoc throughout Kashmir has caused a massive damage in several teaching departments of the Kashmir University (KU).

An official told wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that the departments which are functioning in Naseem Bagh area of the varsity were damaged after the branches of the Chinar trees fell on the rooftops of several departments while as the other departments sustained minor damages after the tress fell on four walls and other surroundings of the departments.

The teaching departments like psychology, Islamic studies, MSW, Sociology are functioning from Naseem Bagh area. Post snowfall, the departments have postponed all exams and have started repairs of the damaged portion. “The PG 4th semester exams were scheduled on November 13 while as students of other PG departments had to appear in semester exams as well. But all exams were postponed in wake of the damage caused to the buildings of the departments,” Naveed a student of psychology department told KNO. He said all the students have shifted back to their homes.

An official said besides teaching departments, the snowfall also caused damage in the residential areas in Naseem Bagh. “The situation is terrible in the premises. The branches of Chinar are still lying on the rooftops of the departments here,” the official told KNO.

He said the concerned heads of the departments which were affected by the untimely snowfall have conveyed the higher ups in the varsity administration and sought direction about the repairs to be done in the departments. “The varsity may assess the losses and provide the financial package accordingly. The administration may ask the engineering department of the varsity to start the repairs in the departments,” the official said.

Despite the damages caused to the department, the teaching faculty and the heads of the departments report to their duties on daily basis but the students have been asked to stay home. “Even if the heavy branches are lying on broken rooftops, we have to risk our lives by sitting inside the department. But we can’t put lives of students at risk,” a professor told KNO wishing not to be named. Registrar KU, Dr Nisar Ahmad was not available for his comments. (KNO)

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