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Institute of Music & Fine Arts in Jammu still looking for space; Shri Ram Sena appeals to Governor
Expressing anguish over not providing a building for accommodating Jammu's Institute of Music & Fine Arts (IMFA) for the last 4 years, Shri Ram Sena (SRS) Jammu and Kashmir state president, Rajiv Mahajan once again appealed to the State Governor, NN Vohra, to make available a building for the same.

In a statement issued here today, Rajiv Mahajan demanded from the Governor that accommodation for the Institute of Music & Fine Arts (IMFA) be provided at an earliest in the larger interest of students and the staff of the institute, who have been on the run from one place to another for the last 4 years since their institute's building Poonch House at Talab Tillo, Jammu has developed cracks.

Since then, the Institute has been functioning in different private buildings causing much discomfort to the students and staff of the institute. Mahajan also blamed the previous government for remaining failed to provide accommodation to the Institute of Music & Fine Arts (IMFA), Jammu.

He said that Shri Ram Sena had raised the issue a number of times with the previous higher education minister, previous Vice Chancellor, Jammu University, previous Pro- Chancellor, JU, and Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah as well, but of no avail and nothing had been done in this regard.

The Institute at present is running in Luthra building- a private building at Talab Tillo. Mahajan laments that it is very strange that a prestigious institute under the University of Jammu has been without accommodation for the last so many years.

Mahajan further said that the then Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Gh Nabi Azad had sanctioned Rs 1 crore for introducing Mass Communication course in Jammu University, and the amount cheque was handed over to the then JU Vice Chancellor, Amitabh Mattoo but till date there is no information about the said sanctioned amount and utilization thereof. 

He said after lapse of so many years and the amount sanctioned long back, the course in Mass Communication in JU has not seen the light of the day till date. Mahajan appealed to the Governor to look into the matter seriously and issue orders for providing a building to accommodate the IMFA.

He also appealed to the Governor to issue orders for starting Post Graduate courses in Music & Fine Arts in Jammu University besides initiating an inquiry in to the Rs 1 Crore amount sanctioned by Gh Nabi Azad with regard to introducing Mass Communication course in Jammu University. 

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