Dehradun: Regarded as one of the gateways of quality education in the country, Uttarakhand has recently been on the receiving end from all quarters for sub-standard educational facilities. The issue came to light after the report was submitted by a three-member committee formed by the state government to assess the quality of educational institutes in Uttarakhand.

Last year in October, Uttarakhand government constituted the committee to compile a true picture of the colleges in the state. The panel in its report, submitted to the state government in April 2011, outlined the deteriorating condition of colleges.

According to the panel, the state government has been unable to improve the condition of the higher education centers including degree and post graduation degree colleges. In a shocking revelation, the report also lashed out at 17 out of 70 colleges for providing poor conditions to students in higher studies.

Notably, during the constitution of the seperate state of Uttarakhand there were only 34 colleges which have now doubled to 70, out of which the panel slammed 17 colleges for not even supporting a building to continue the educational fundamentals in the state.

The report pointed out that several colleges do not even have their own land and infrastructure. These include the institutions at Kapkot, Garud, Kanda, Gangolihat, Tanakpur, Chaukhutia, Someshwar, Kotabagh, Satpuli, Rudraprayag, Guptakashi, Chinyalisaur, Narendra Nagar, Munsiyari, Thathyud, Nainbagh and Majra-mahadev.

Other 12 colleges were also named for not having any building. These included institutes at Luxor, Balakot, Garudabaaz, Badkot, Nainbagh, Doshapani, Chakrata, Tyuni, Nagnath Pokhri, Thalisand and Thakiyasand.

The committee in its report also criticised 30 colleges for not even providing basic amenities to students. The report condemned 11 colleges for sub-standard infrastructure and slammed two other colleges for operating without affiliation.

Kanda College is one of them which lacks in basic amenities, therefore the panel has recommended its closure. On similar grounds, the panel has also recommended the closure of Almorah’s Gurudabaaz College and Rudraprayag’s Kashi College.

For Paudi Garhwal’s Satpuli College, the panel has recommended the institute to continue further classes only after making proper infrastructural arrangements. Otherwise, it will become an issue of ridicule for the education industry.

In wake of the dilapidated state of several colleges, the panel in its report stated that many higher education institutes were even worse than primary schools.

On the report, sources said if the state government accepts some recommendations of the high level committee, then several institutions are likely to face a shutdown in near future.