The Government Girls Junior College Maisaram, Barkas, from where around 1,200 girls have passed out Intermediate in the last eight years, remains without a permanent building till now. The college runs from just five rooms of the Government Girls High School Maisaram where it was temporary set up and offers only one course.
The college was set up in the year 2008 along with two other government run junior colleges at Falaknuma and Golconda. While buildings were constructed at Falaknuma and Golconda for the junior colleges, authorities failed to find suitable land for Barkas College forcing the college authorities to run the classes from the school premises in afternoon shift.
In April this year around 250 students appeared for the Intermediate Public Examination and the college registered around 50 per cent results. Lecturers appointed on contract basis conduct classes here.
However, due to lack of accommodation the college has been offering only CEC (Commerce Economics and Civics) course for the last eight years much to the chagrin of the students who line up for admission every year. “Girls who are interested in enrolling for science and vocational courses are asked to go to Falaknuma or Hussainialam colleges. It is nothing but injustice to girl students,” Farheen Fatima, a social worker from Shaheennagar laments.
“On one hand the government promotes girls education but does little when it comes to providing facilities,” she adds.
There are around 40 high schools in the surroundings of Barkas including a few in areas that fall under Ranga Reddy district. “At least 2,000 girls pass out of SSC every year in surrounding areas of Barkas. A few hundred approach the college for admission into Science and Vocational courses but are forced to take admission in private colleges due to lack of facilities here,” says Ansari, another social activist.
The college authorities have time and again approached the higher ups in education department and the public representatives but to no avail.
“Unless new accommodation is provided it is highly impossible to start science and vocational courses,” says Sadeqa Begum, principal, GGJC Maisaram.