The Union HRD ministry has rejected the proposal of shifting the NIT Srinagar campus out of Kashmir. The decision was conveyed to the protesting students after their meeting with representatives of the state and central government on Friday.
Speaking to HT, state education minister and senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar said that all other issues related to the campus were being looked into. He said that a board of governors would meet students to discuss the issues.
“Certain things have been ruled out, which includes shifting out the campus and migration of the students en masse… the rest of the issues related to the campus are being looked into,” he said.
The non-local students who are in a majority inside the campus are demanding better amenities and improving the academic atmosphere in the institute. They have been promised 24-hour power supply and free wifi service.
“I am glad we have a sensitive HRD minister at the Centre who has stationed some officials here to reach out to students. We are also here to provide assistance,” Akhtar added. The government has also agreed to the formation of a students’ grievance cell.
The PDP also rubbished reports that their alliance partner BJP is escalating the issue. Reacting to the proposed March by BJP, Akhtar said the state was ready to deal with it. “The alliance partners have been very forthcoming, Deputy chief minister Dr Nirmal Singh has been very forthcoming in resolution of the issue,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, outstation students have started to trickle out of the institute. Non-Kashmiri students who want to return have been asked to submit their details so that the institute can facilitate their transit.
An NIT official said that as per directions of the HRD ministry, they have made arrangements for students who wanted to return home. Their exams, scheduled to be held from Monday, would be held after their return. “Six boys were sent home on Friday and two more left on Saturday,” said Fayaz Ahmad Mir, registrar.