Bandipora, Aug 25: The Ancillary Medical Training (AMT) institute in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district is grappling with shortage of teaching faculty and a lack of basic facilities, affecting students.
Data showed the institute offers four courses—FMPHW with 20 students, Lab Technician with 10 students, Medical Assistant with 10 students, and ISM with 10 students.
The details stated that the ISM course currently lacks a teacher and a similar shortage is observed for the Medical Assistant program. Also, the Lab Technician course, spanning sixteen subjects across the first and second semesters, has only one available teacher to cover all eight subjects per semester.
A group of students said the school is currently riddled with a state of complete mismanagement, and higher authorities have seemingly turned a blind eye to their issues. “For several months, we have been pleading for additional staff but our pleas have fallen on deaf ears,” they said. “Basic facilities are absent within this institution. The building lacks proper fencing and the road leading to it is in a deplorable state”
They alleged that there is no regularity in class work from 10 pm to 4pm and the administration declares ‘holiday’ on its own.
A senior health official said they will take up the issue with the Principal AMT and the grievances if any will be addressed.