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Medical College in Handwara a long pending demand: Choudhary Ramzan

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Senior Leader, and Former Minister Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan on Thursday welcomed the government decision of upgrading the district Hospital Handawara to Medical College, saying the move will give impetus to the development of backward Kupwara district in the state.
In a statement issued here, Choudhary said it had been a long pending demand of the people of Handwara to have a Medical College in the area.
“Now that the demand has been addressed, I on behalf of the people of Handwara thank the governor administration and the Medical council of India for conceding to the demand of the people of Handwara,” he said.
He however expressed dismay over the “undue delay” in upgrading the district hospital to Medical College.
Choudhry said that people of Handwara had been waiting for this decision for a long time.
He said the Medical Council of India had already approved five medical colleges for the state.
“The 200 bedded hospital of the Handwara town also qualified as per the 1999 MCI norms. However the decision was stalled by the former PDP-BJP-PC combine,” he alleged.
He further said the district revenue authorities should without delay identify land for the establishment of medical college.
Choudhary who has formerly represented the Handwara Constituency said the district hospital was established in 1980’s and catered to the adjoining areas.
He said that youth of Handwara and Kupwara were no less intelligent than their counterparts in the other areas of the state and the country.
“However the absence of opportunities is what mars their future ambitions. I am sure that the move will open new vistas of opportunity for the local youth. The move will give impetus to the education and research sector in the Kupwara region,” he added.
He also urged the incumbent governor administration to come up with a college in the area specially dedicated to girls with Boys’ College Handwara “already facing saturation”.
“The number of students enrolled there exceeds 6000, and as such the students in particular the girls find it very difficult to get enrolled there. As far the population is concerned, a single boy’s degree college is not able to cater to the demands of the whole district,” he said.
The NC leader said that in 2014 the Kashmir university authorities had also undertaken a survey of the area for the establishment of a college dedicated to girls.
He said that 50 kanals land had already been ear marked for the same by the government in 2014.
“But the issue has been put into a limbo. The successive governments after didn’t take any step in this direction. The need of the hour also requires for establishment of degree colleges at Magam and Zachaldara. I urge the governor administration to rise to the demands of the people,” he said.

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