Last Updated on November 25, 2023 at 6:33 pm
Girl students of various universities touring on train various parts of the country under the government sponsored “College on Wheels” programme had a nightmarish experience when they reached Mumbai earlier this week and were lodged in filthy hotels in a notorious locality.
The students were next day shifted to other hotels at the expense of the university.
They have now reached Goa where their boarding and lodging arrangements were reportedly taken care of by high authorities of the Jammu University.
About 780 female students have been sent on “College on Wheels” which has been partnered by J&K government, Higher Education Council and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
The incident made the Jammu University vice chancellor Prof. Umesh Rai fly to Goa to take control of the situation and pull up the IRCTC authorities that were responsible for making the boarding and lodging arrangements of the students of various universities of J&K. The train carrying the students has reached Goa.
Prof. Umesh Rai was now constantly monitoring the movement of the students and their boarding and lodging arrangements.
There were allegations that the IRCTC had booked hotels far away from the Mumbai city and these hotels were of low quality and in notorious area.
Students and their mentors and the administrative staff from the University of Jammu, University of Kashmir, Cluster University of Jammu, Cluster University of Kashmir, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Kashmir, affiliated colleges of Jammu University and Kashmir University and Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) are part of the “College on Wheels”.
In Mumbai they visited the Naval Base, Dockyard and Gateway of India. However, their visit to other places was reportedly put off.
Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha had on November 19 flagged off “Gyanodaya Express- College on Wheels”, the first-of-its-kind mobile educational endeavours, from Vaishno Devi Railway Station.