Minister of State for Education, Tourism, Technical Education, Priya Sethi today directed for fast tracking completion of infrastructure development works taken up in the five constituent colleges of Cluster University Jammu.She was speaking at a meeting convened to review the pace of progress on the developmental works being executed in these colleges to upgrade infrastructure under the Cluster University initiative.The meeting was attended by VC Cluster University Jammu Anju Bhasin, Principal Secretary Higher Education, Dr Asgar Samoon, MD JKPCC, Chief Engineer R&B, Executive Engineer R&B, PHE, Sports council, JD Planning Principals of the constituent colleges and other officers of Higher Education department.It was informed that the work on all projects is going on at steady pace and these would be soon thrown open for the students of the constituent colleges -MAM College, GGM Science College, Government College for Education, SPMR College of Commerce and Government Women College Gandhi Nagar as its constituents.It was informed in the meeting that mechanical system is in place and remaining work is underway on the swimming pool being developed at MAM College. “To cater the water requirements of the pool, a tube well has been proposed which needs some observation and revised expenditure” the meeting was told. It was informed that the construction of auditorium at MAM College is also going on and the work on the main structure is at final stage of completion.
Expressing displeasure over delay in completion of Swimming Pool, the Minister directed the executing agency to speed up the pending work to avoid further delay. She said the funds for creating water source will be released soon after submission of ‘Observation Report.’ She also directed for close coordination to finish the work on the auditorium and set September 2018 deadline for its completion.Similarly, the Minister directed the senior officers of HED to inspect status of Science block at MAM College Jammu and come up with findings at an earliest. She also directed for speeding up work on Toilet Block, Hostel Building, electric wiring etc.For the creation of water sports infrastructure at Government Women College Gandhi Nagar, the officers informed the Minister that tendering has been done and the work will be started soon. It was informed that the work on several other projects is also under execution.“This infrastructure will be used for both training and organising contests, which will give boost to water sports activities and help in producing water sports athletes for the state,” the meeting was informed.Meanwhile, it was further informed that up-gradation, electrification, renovation and other related development works need to be done at all colleges to avoid inconvenience to students. In this regard, the Minister asked the concerned to make DPRs for the same at an earliest.The Minister directed Principals to finalize the DPRs, pace up the designing of different works and involve one executing agency for early and speedy completion of the projects.The Minister also directed for speeding up the construction of approach roads being constructed at some constituent colleges. She reiterated that government was committed to create and improvise the infrastructure to effectively carry out the curricular and co-curricular activities in these colleges.Later, the Minister also released a multilingual Journal of Higher Education Department containing research articles in Hindi, Dogri, Punjabi and Sanskrit.