Hoisting of the tricolour inside the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar, campus, celebration of festivals and travel reimbursement for students who left the campus are some of the demands made to the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry by the students of NIT Srinagar.
A delegation of students met the director of all NITs, director of NIT, Srinagar, along with senior officials of the ministry on Tuesday. Their initial demand for shifting the Sringar NIT campus was rejected by HRD minister Smriti Irani. Trouble erupted on the campus when groups of local and outstation students clashed following India’s defeat in the T20 Cricket World Cup semi-final against West Indies.
“We request either minister of HRD or the PM of India to come to NIT Srinagar and hoist a full size ‘tiranga’ in the campus at the highest mast. This will end the leave taken by the students and also give them a sense of security. This will reiterate the message that Kashmir is an integral part of India.”
Students have also requested that optional external evaluation should come in effect immediately to ensure students don’t face any discrimination by the local faculty. According to a senior HRD official, the ministry has already agreed to the demand and all students who will write their examination late this month will be provided this facility if requested.
The delegation has also demanded that all national festivals should be celebrated in the campus with decorum.
Students have also demanded that the administration of the campus should operate on a quota system in which 50% should be from J-K state personnel and 50% from other states. However, sources said that the ministry is unlikely to meet this demand.