JAMMU, APRIL 6: Minister for Education, Mr Naeem Akhtar today said the ongoing tension in NIT Srinagar is an administrative issue and not the security issue. He said the State Government is taking all the requisite measures to restore normal academic activity at the campus.
“I assure the parents of the students of NIT Srinagar that their wards are safe and the State Government is taking all the measures to normalize the situation at the campus,” Mr Akhtar told media-persons here today.
He said it is not a local versus non-local issue as is being projected by some sections of the media but just an administrative issue which is being sorted out. He said on the request of the Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh, Union Human Resource Development Minister, Mrs Smriti Irani sent a team of HRD Ministry to the campus today to take stock of the situation.
Mr Akhtar said a senior police officer is monitoring the situation and normalcy would be restored on the campus soon. “I assure the students and their parents that a cordial atmosphere will return to the NIT campus soon and the classes would resume at the earliest,” he said.
He urged the students not to resort to any violence and instead focus on their studies. He also urged the civil society to rise to the occasion and help in restoring normalcy at the campus.
“The present discordant situation can dent the image of the campus and both the local and the non local students at the NIT should not only ensure well-being of each other, but also uphold the reputation of this premiere institution,” he said.