The Jammu and Kashmir government held a meeting with representatives of the protesting non-Kashmiri students of NIT Srinagar late night on Friday following which deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh said that most of their demands have been met and they have returned satisfied.
The meeting was also attended by the state education minister Naeem Akhtar, visiting central HRD ministry team and top NIT officials.
Although the students team that attended the meeting was not an officially elected students’ body but, Singh said, the interaction has opened up a channel for communication and hoped that the issue will be solved very soon.
Singh told reporters after the meeting that non-local students of NIT Srinagar had two primary issues -- one of their personal security and the second their academic course in the institution.
“Students raised concern over their personal security and I assured them that the state government will provide them the same,” Singh said.
As far as the academic course is concerned, exams would be held as per schedule but those students who want to go home can do so and then return later and appear for exams.
Singh also said that action would be taken against policemen if they are found guilty of brutality against students after the magisterial inquiry. With regards to the registration of FIRs, he said that the two FIRs were open and not against any specific individual.
Singh also said that the students have complaints against the faculty of the institutions, and for that the body of governors has agreed to start an e-mail ID through which students can complain to the highest authorities against their teachers.
“One e-mail will be made through which students can complain directly to the Chairman of the board of governors of NIT,” he said.
In the meeting, students also spoke about administrative and infrastructural issues including the problems of Wi-Fi services, hostel facilities and even the hostel in-time of girls which is 6.30pm. Singh assured that those will be looked into and tried to solve.
“The students have gone back satisfied we hope a solution is reached very soon.”
During the World T20 that ended last week, some Kashmiri students in the campus chanted anti-India slogans and burst firecrackers after West Indies defeated India on March 31, irking non-Kashmiri students. Clashes erupted between the two groups and police fired tear gas shells and used baton charge to disperse the mobs. The campus has remained tense since then.
Non-Kashmiri students alleged that the state police assaulted them on the campus, a charge that police and the NIT administration had both denied. It has been alleged that some non-local students want the NIT shifted from Kashmir.