HRD team will stay in Srinagar till exams: Minister

Jammu, April 6: A three-member team from the HRD ministry visiting the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Jammu and Kashmir will remain stationed there till the exams are over, union minister Smriti Irani said on Wednesday.

The team had met the students, whose concerns will be addressed, the human resource development minister told reporters here. The NIT exams will begin on April 11.

“The information in public domain is that some children are worried that there will be an unfair treatment with them vis-a-vis their marksheets,” Irani said.

“We have talked to around 500 students; they did not express any apprehension about their marksheets,” she said.

The minister said a district-level inquiry had been ordered by the Jammu and Kashmir government to ascertain what happened on the NIT campus.

“Some students said they want to go home. We are arranging for that as well,” the minister said.

“We have also talked to parents so that students can sit in exams in a secure atmosphere,” Irani said.

He said that the Centre was seized of the matter and it had got in touch with Governor N.N. Vohra as soon as disturbances began on the NIT campus as the state was under President’s Rule at the time.

Around 500 students from outside Jammu and Kashmir have been boycotting classes while another 1,000 students from other states at other levels in the four-year degree course are attending classes, according to NIT.

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