NIT students hopeful their friends will return; Classes resume on 25 April

Srinagar, 18 April: After two weeks of unrest on the campus National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Srinagar will resume normal functioning from April 25.

It is still at doubt that whether the Non-Kashmiri students, who have left the campus, after the outrage at the campus two weeks back will return to the Valley to attend the classes as they say their demands, including shifting of the campus from Srinagar or opening of extension centre at Jammu have still not been met. The minor-1 exams at the NIT ended on Saturday.

The non-Kashmiri students, who left the Valley during the campus tension, were given an option to write their exams later.

U4UVoice got in touch with some of the local students studying at NIT Srinagar to take a view of things.

“What happened was completely unacceptable and honestly unexpected. I have gone and lived at my friend’s (non-local) place for two weeks in a row. He is like a brother to me and we share a close bond. Like us, there are many other examples of close friendships between the locals and the non-locals. Because of a handful of students, the whole valley has had a bad name attached to it,” said a student of fourth semester.

According to others, the parents of many other students have been counselling them to not engage in such activities and focus on their studies. Local students are hopeful that things are going to be normal soon as what happened over the last few days was momentary heat.

An order issued by the NIT institute saying that, it is notified that the normal work will start from April 25 (Monday). The order was issued after a meeting of the institute officials on April 16. NIT officials said that they will take classes on saturday aswell, to compensate the loss they faced during the clashes.

Non-Local students have already confirmed by saying that they won’t be returning to the campus unless untill their safety and security demands are met.

A senior NIT official later said that the security arrangement for the NIT is up to the government, once the classes will resume it’s upto outstation students wheather they come or not.

Director General of Police K Rajendra Kumar said that he will assure full security to the Outstation students and rest of the issues has to come under a settlement between the students and administration.