To Host Chief Minister, A S College gets Facelift, Overnight!

KL Report

SRINAGAR

To the “surprise” of students and faculty of Srinagar’s Amar Singh College, a facelift was given to college campus overnight – in the intervening night of July 28 and 29 – apparently to appease chief minister, Omar Abdullah, who is scheduled to visit campus on Tuesday to inaugurate newly constructed buildings.

On Monday morning, when students and faculty stepped inside the campus, macadamised lanes and by-lanes left most of them “perplexed”.

“The campus we left on Saturday,” says Riyaz Wani, a BA final year student, “wasn’t same as it is now. It has received makeover overnight!”

The developmental work, as per the students, is going on in campus with roads being black-topped.

Pertinently, A S College is hosting chief minister on Tuesday who is scheduled to inaugurate Mathematical Institute and new building class rooms.

“It is ironic that CM’s visit is triggering a sense of makeover in college authorities,” a BSc 2nd year student, says.

On Sunday, it was Common Entrance Test (CET) in the college like in other institutes. Students claim that “everything was usual yesterday”.

The college had got drainage system built up early last year, and since then, roads in campus were not macadamized. “It appears during high profile visit, campus authorities wake up to push for developmental works,” a faculty member said on the condition of anonymity.

Students told Kashmir Life that officials concerned were seen busy “to pace up the works” and were “on their toes” to get the pending works done before CM’s visit.

“Even SMC Commissioner was there himself inspecting the beautification drive in the college,” Shabir Ahmad, BA final year student, said.

Significantly, Amar Singh College is going through a major facelift nowadays, as per students.

“For the up-gradation of its ground, union minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah had allotted money last year,” another student, keeping close eye on campus developments told Kashmir Life. “Though filling of the ground took place last year, but the pending work is still going on.”

Students claim that the college has got three new buildings constructed since last year, of which one has been allotted to New Government Women’s College Srinagar, which was till recently being run in AS College’s library block.

The mathematics department has got its much awaited Institute of Mathematical sciences ready. “Let us see, how things would transform tonight,” a Professor ridiculed.

Ironically, the college has been put off for its students tomorrow in wake of CM’s visit.

“This is not understandable,” Obaid Bhat, a BSc final yr student, grieves. “Buildings are for students and the students have been directed to remain at home.”

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