National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said on Wednesday that his party thwarted PDP-led government’s plans to shift the Central University (Kashmir) from Ganderbal district.
He said the government wasn’t interested in setting up the varsity in Ganderbal.
“They tried everything and came up with different things (excuses). But we opposed their move,” said Abdullah at a programme on drug abuse among youth and ways to prevent it.
He announced Rs 50 lakh financial assistance from his MP fund to the university and added he would keep providing financial assistance to the institution till it becomes one of the “greatest universities of the universe”.
Earlier vice-chancellor (CU-K) Prof Meraj-ud-Din Mir feared that the varsity might lose the faculty and students once it is shifted to Ganderbal.
The varsity is currently operating from various rented buildings in Kashmir even nine years after it was sanctioned for the Valley.
The government has recently handed over some buildings including the office of the chief medical officer and DIET building to the varsity for shifting administrative operations there.
Mir said some administrative staff has been shifted to Ganderbal and class work too will be started soon.
“We are everywhere in Kashmir in rented buildings and know how to operate. We can prove helpful,” he said.
Roma Wani, chairperson of The Inner Call, the NGO which had organised the programme, said the campaign was aimed at raising awareness about substance abuse and mitigating its ill-effects in the society.