HRD Ministry Rejects Outstation Students’ Demand to Shift Campus

However, the officials assured students that the other genuine concerns will be addressed. 

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Police outside the NIT Srinagar campus. (Photo: PTI)

HRD ministry officials have rejected the demand of outstation students of NIT Srinagar to shift the institute out of Kashmir. However, the ministry assured them of addressing their other “genuine” concerns.

A group of outstation students of the NIT met Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and Education Minister Naeem Akhtar, along with officials from the HRD ministry on Friday night to discuss the situation.

The demand for shifting the NIT out of Kashmir has been outrightly rejected by the HRD ministry officials. It has been made clear to the students.
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Aerial view of the NIT Srinagar campus. (Photo Courtesy: <a href="http://www.nitsri.net/">NIT Srinagar Website</a>)
Aerial view of the NIT Srinagar campus. (Photo Courtesy: NIT Srinagar Website)

Sources said, the ministers told the students,

  • Other demands like better amenities and academic atmosphere will be addressed at the Board of Governors of the NITs meeting on 11 April.
  • Security has never been an issue at NIT but the state government will ensure that concerns on this front will also be addressed.
  • Students of the institute have been here at the peak of militancy and no one has ever been harmed.

Situation at NIT Improving

A police officer checks IDs of students on Wednesday, 6 April 2016. (Photo: PTI)
A police officer checks IDs of students on Wednesday, 6 April 2016. (Photo: PTI)

Meanwhile, an official of the NIT said the meeting was a positive development as the situation was improving.

Fayaz Ahmad Mir, the Registrar of the institute said, “The situation is calm but the outstation students are seemingly still protesting”.

Mir added that there were no protests at the campus on Saturday morning.

The Registrar said the absence of confrontation among the students was a positive sign. He said the administration has been approached by few injured students who wanted to go home and as per the directions of the Union HRD ministry, arrangements are being made for them.

“Remaining students, who want to go, may also submit their details so that necessary action can be taken,” he said.

MJ Zarabi, the Chairman of Board of Governors, has appealed to the students to help restore normalcy. He said,

I have been very distressed at the recent turn of events at this institute. As chairman of the board of governors, my dream and indeed my endeavour would be to see the institute improve its standard, excel at least in certain areas and improve its rating further.

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