Classes at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) campus in Srinagar, which witnessed unrest in April after clashes between local and outstation students, will restart on November 28 with Kashmir slowly returning to normalcy, sources said.
The campus has been locked down since a curfew was clamped across Kashmir following the July 8 killing of top militant Burhan Wani and will welcome the first-year students soon. The institute was scheduled to open on July 27 but the date was pushed to October 3 and is finally opening on November 28.
“The situation has become much better and the incidents of violence have also come down. We are hoping to open the campus and University of Kashmir is also likely to become functional,” a source at the Centre said.
Students, who have already lost two semesters, had written to the Union human resource development ministry requesting that they either are accommodated in another campus outside Kashmir or the campus is shifted out of Srinagar.
The campus first drew attention in April after a scuffle between local and students from outside the state over a row involving a cricket match turned into a major controversy . The widespread unrest in Kashmir and incidents of clashes between security forces and locals ensured that the NIT remained shut .
With incidents of stone pelting waning quickly, normalcy is returning to the valley.
The HRD ministry and NIT administrators are looking at ways to reach out to the parents of the students to ensure they join classes immediately.
“It has been decided to hold extra classes on off days and run the institute during the winter break. The entire syllabus will be covered eventually,” the official said.
Final year students were the worst hit as few classes have been held this year.
“Till now, we would have taken two minor exams before the final in November. But the institute is not functional, so we are at a complete loss,” a final year student said requesting anonymity.