NIT Srinagar: 1600 non-Kashmiri students boycott semester exam beginning today
Srinagar: The semester examination at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Srinagar began today with most of the non-local students boycotting examination papers. Nearly 1600 non-local students have submitted a list of their names to the college administration that they will not appear in the exam.
The National Institute of Technology is the only campus in Srinagar where a large number of non-locals study.
Meanwhile, peace returned to NIT as its authorities met several demands of the outstation students, like relaxation on their movement and celebrating of festivals. However, the demand for shifting the institute out of Kashmir has been rejected.
"We have issued formal orders for the implementation of many of the demands raised by the students during their meeting with the team of MHRD (Ministry of HRD) and Chairman, Board of Governors of NIT Srinagar," Registrar, NIT Srinagar, Fayaz Ahmad Mir said.
The HRD Ministry officials have said that students at NIT Srinagar campus, which has been gripped by tension following clashes, will have an option to appear for exams later.
The decision was taken after a three-member team of HRD Ministry visited the campus last week to take stock of situation and held talks with the agitating students to defuse the tension.
Tension was simmering in NIT, Srinagar, after India lost the World T20 semi-final to West Indies, where some engineering students from outside the state claimed Kashmiri students had chanted anti-India slogans and burst firecrackers to celebrate West Indies victory of Team India.
The NIT authorities said the campus has been closed and the students have been asked to vacate the hostel. To control the situation, officials closed the institute's entrance and did not allow anyone to enter. The police had to be called in after efforts by the NIT officials to control the situation and disperse the crowd failed. The police baton charged the protestors and fired teargas to bring the situation under control.