Kunar university students decry lack of facilities
ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Students of Syed Jamaluddin Afghan University in eastern Kunar province say they are faced with numerous problems on the campus and urge government officials to address them.
The university was established six years ago in front of the river in Yargul and Salar Bagha areas in Asadabad, the provincial capital. Currently hundreds of students have been enrolled in the university.
Though buildings of the faculties have been constructed on modern pattern, students say they face problems like the lack of electricity, space, laboratory and hostel.
Abdul Matin Haider, a third year student at education faculty, told Pajhwok Afghan News their major problems were the absence of hostel, library, electricity and laboratory.
He urged the Ministry of Higher Education to first resolve the issue of hostel and then others. He said most students were living in private buildings in Asadabad against rent.
“We have no problem in the teaching system. If the problems I mentioned are resolved, the Syed Jamaluddin Afghan University will be among the best university on the national level.”
A final year student at Shariah faculty, Abdul Wahid, said students direly needed library but this facility was not available on the campus.
“This is our last year, but we don’t have a library to write monographs and we are in trouble.” He said their faculty had no building of its own and Shariah students attended classes at the agriculture and livestock department.
Abdul Wahid said the lack of electricity and the Internet was among major issues the students faced and the government should take serious measure in this regard. He said a building for hostel had been completed, but it was not inaugurated.
A second year education and training faculty student, Adila, said there was no hostel for girl students and urged one such facility for them in the university. She told Pajhwok Afghan News the university was yet to provide exclusive recreation facility for female students. “We enter classes in the morning and leave when it is noon.”
The university’s administration confirmed the problems being faced by the students and said they had launched efforts at resolving them.
Chancellor Prof. Amir Ahmad Hamid told Pajhwok Afghan News that they had shared recommendations with the Ministry of Higher Education about buildings needed for six faculties, hostels, a health facility, playgrounds and boundary walls. He said the officials concerned had promised to meet the demands.
He said the Syed Jamaluddin Afghan University though new had progressed well and overcome many problems including the construction of buildings for several faculties, the conference hall, administration blocks and many other projects.
The university has faculties including Shariah, education and training, agriculture and livestock, computer science and economics. Dozens of teachers teach to 5,552 students, including 52 girls, on the campus. In two academic seasons, 500 students have graduated in various disciplines from the higher education institute.
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