The more educational institutions of higher learning we can have in Jammu and Kashmir, the better will be the outcome. Since the need to have good institutions is governed by the need that more than 15000 students end up joining various professional colleges outside the UT to seek education in those streams which are not available here.
The movement of such a large number of students every year is also affecting the economy of the region as rough surveys suggest that crores of cash reserves move out of the region because of this phenomenon.
Under these circumstances various questions are raised as to why Kashmir valley is lacking in establishing institutions of higher learning. And secondly, why isn’t the local breed of investors coming out with a solution to this problem.
The question also remains as to why the government is not promoting a health environment like it did in the real estate sector last month and invited huge proposals for investment.
The education sector has seen negligence is evident from the fact that very few colleges have come up in the private sector in Kashmir valley. For this the onus lies on the past governments as no effort had been put in into this crucial sector and set things straight.
The government should have promoted investment even from private sector in higher education and professional streams. For this a clear cut policy such as a single window clearance system should have been put in place so that more and more private players could have entered the sector.
Under ease of doing business, there has to be a mechanism in Kashmir that anybody having requisite infrastructure and capital in place should be allowed to establish quality educational institutions which could hold the students back.
For turning this effort into a reality no proposal has been even mooted over the years which tell us about the sincerity of the past governments in this regard.
Though the entrepreneurs and even the academicians have resources to open world-class colleges and universities in Kashmir, but it was the previous governments that had been repeatedly blocking any such move.
Even few years back some six dozen proposals were pending in government offices for want of clearance for the establishment of private colleges. Such was the seriousness of the governments that the region had not even the provisions of a private universities Act.
Even various proposals to establish zones and special areas to develop educational institutions too were not cleared by the past governments. Though some effort had been spared in this regard as several proposals had been submitted by some private players, but no movement forward was allowed.
Given the situation that has risen after the covid-19 pandemic the education sector needs immediate attention and the present government and other stake holders need to put their heads together and find a common ground to address the issue.