Declare winter break in Valley

The education department is yet to come out with the announcement of declaring winter break for college as there has been no communication sent to degree colleges in Kashmir Division over the declaration of winter break and that the colleges have been asked to function as per the routine.
Even the heavy snowfall across Kashmir has thrown normal lives out of the gear and the government on the other hand wants us to leave early from out homes and report to college. Such bizarre decisions were never witnessed in the state ever.
It s natural that the winter break should have been announced but the ministry is indecisive about this and no decision so far has been taken in this regard. This is the first time in the history of J&K, as the authorities failed to announce the winter breaks as the temperature dips below zero degree. However, the college going students in Kashmir Valley are facing tough times amid the sub-zero temperatures, accusing the education department of forgetting that colleges too exist in the state. This is height of things. How could the government be too non- serious over such an issue.
Though the normal life was on Friday thrown out of gear in Kashmir as snowfall continued intermittently for the fourth consecutive day, virtually cutting of the Valley from rest of the country due to closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway and suspension of air traffic. Even the MeT Office has forecast widespread snowfall or rains over the next two days also. Srinagar-Jammu national highway has been closed for traffic due to bad weather.
Parents while castigating the education minister’s approach over such a situation termed the stubbornness ‘autocratic’ while questioning the logic behind keeping the colleges open despite widespread snowfall or rains.
Earlier, the Director Technical Education cancelled the winter vacations in all the government and private polytechnic colleges of Jammu and Kashmir. The move is already being questioned by the state’s civil society. Furthermore, sources revealed that some officers in the higher education department, in a bid to remain in minister’s good books, are striving to suggest him not to declare the winter break.
“Unfortunately, there are officers and principals of some degree colleges who do not want the minister to announce closure of colleges during winters in Kashmir. They want to show their capabilities so they could be promoted,” sources divulged.
Meanwhile, the student fraternity at large is bearing the brunt of unnatural decisions of the state’s education ministry, terming the situation worst ever in JK’s history.

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