NIT will remain in Srinagar, says HRD Ministry

Exams will be held as per schedule from April 11.

Updated - November 17, 2021 05:12 am IST

Published - April 09, 2016 05:10 pm IST - Srinagar

In this April 7, 2016 photo, students argue with a policeman during a protest against police action on students of National Institute of Technology in Srinagar.

In this April 7, 2016 photo, students argue with a policeman during a protest against police action on students of National Institute of Technology in Srinagar.

Amid protests by the outstation students at the National Institute of Technology (NIT), a senior official said on Saturday that there was no plan to move the institution out of the State as demanded by a section of the students.

M.J. Zarabi, Chairman of Board of Governors of the NIT and member of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) team camping at the NIT, told The Hindu that the exams would be held as per the schedule from April 11. “Some students wanted to go home; we offered them transit facility. However, they were told that shifting the NIT was an unreasonable demand,” he said.

He said normality was yet to be restored. His stand reflected the uncertainty on the campus. The students met MHRD officials and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Friday night.

A Delhi-based BJP leader has called a ‘Srinagar chalo’ march and both factions of the Hurriyat, led by Syed Ai Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, have called a shutdown for April 12.

Sources said the other demands of the students — action against NIT workers “who had sided with anti-national students” and the policemen who resorted to the baton charge — would be considered after the State inquiry was completed.

An email would be provided to students for redress of complaints against the teaching staff. “Kashmir is known as an abode of saints. It is my dream that the NIT serves as a leading example of amity among people of different regions. I appeal to all students to restore normality,” Mr. Zarabi said.

Tension at the NIT — fuelled by the clashes between local and outstation students over the West Indies-India cricket match and the police action last Tuesday — has come down after students clarified that “they hold nothing against each other”.

Mr. Zarabi said the administration was perhaps caught unawares. “It appeared things were under control. It is difficult to say that the administration had failed to see what was happening. From what I gathered, the students suddenly started marching towards the gate on Tuesday and were prevented by the police. In such circumstances, even the administration would not have allowed the students to get out.”

On Saturday, the students continued to flash the tricolour. However, there was no major sit-in.

Hours after BJP national secretary R.P. Singh called a ‘Chalo NIT’ march to express solidarity with the non-local students, the JKLF called a shutdown for Tuesday and a sit-in for Monday in the Valley against the “growing number of attacks on Kashmiri students outside Jammu and Kashmir.”

( With inputs from Anuradha Raman )

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