Exams held at NIT, many outstation students skip


Police thwarts bid by 3 men from Delhi to enter NIT for hoisting tricolor
Abid Hussain
Srinagar, April 11: As peace returned to NIT here, examinations were conducted at the institute today as per the schedule but many outstation students skipped it, deciding to avail of the opportunity of taking the test later.
Meanwhile, police thwarted a bid by three men from Delhi to enter the NIT for hoisting the Indian tricolor at the campus which has been witnessing clashes and tension since April one.
The situation on campus was peaceful with no untoward incident taking place, said an official of the engineering institute.
“The examinations started today as per schedule with all local students and some outstation students appearing in today’s papers,” the official said.
Many outstation students, however, did not appear in the examinations in view of the option provided by the Union HRD ministry to them to write the exams at a later date, he added.
During the day today, three men from Delhi tried to enter the NIT campus for hoisting the national flag.
They were part of a group of about 150 people from Delhi who were intending to go to NIT but were detained in Jammu yesterday.
The three, who had given a slip to police and reached Srinagar, were detained just outside the main gate of the institute as they pulled out the national flag and tried to enter the campus, a police official said.
He said one of the detained person has been identified as Tejinder Singh Bagga.
“We have come from Delhi to hand over the tricolour to the students (for hoisting) but police has snatched the flags from us,” Bagga told reporters before he was taken into custody.
He said over 150 activists had started from Delhi to march to the NIT but most of them were detained in Jammu. “Only three of us made it to Srinagar,” he added.
Before being whisked away in a police vehicle, Bagga was confronted by some local residents who accused him of trying to vitiate the atmosphere in the NIT campus.
“Why have you come here? The students — local or outstation — all our children. They are our responsibility and we know how to take care of them. You need not come from so far away,” a middle-aged man told Bagga.
NIT Srinagar has been at the centre of a controversy since April 1 when clashes broke out between outstation and local students following India’s defeat to West Indies in the World Cup T20 semi-final.
The situation worsened on April 5 when outstation students tried to take out a march outside the campus but were stopped by the police, leading to incidents of violence including vandalism by students and lathicharge by police.
The students held protests against the police action, prompting the Union HRD ministry to send a team of officials to take defuse the situation.
Among the demands listed by the students before the central team was postponing the examinations so that they could return to their homes.
The HRD ministry granted them permission to skip exams for visiting home saying they would be allowed to write these papers at a later date.
A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incidents by the state government.
Cong seeks judicial probe
KG News Desk
Srinagar, April 11: Congress today demanded a judicial inquiry into the unrest at NIT here to ascertain whether any political party was behind the clashes between local and outstation students.
“Our party demands a fair and fearless judicial inquiry. We want to know whether any political party is playing politics here. We do not want that politics be involved in the issues of students. Students may have differences but they are to be resolved amicably,” Congress general secretary Ambika Soni told reporters here.
On reports that some students from Kashmir were being targeted outside the state, Soni said Congress was totally against such incidents as students have the right to study anywhere in the country.
“That should not happen. Our government (UPA) had facilitated the admission of Kashmiri students in various medical colleges across the country on humanitarian grounds. Why would we want them to face any hardships?
“Every student, whether in Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Punjab or Bengal, has a right under the Indian Constitution to study wherever he or she wants. Why should there be any misbehavior with them? We are totally against that,” she said.
The Congress leader said the people of the state should be “cautious as only opportunism and compromises can be expected from the PDP-BJP coalition.”
“We will never let the state of J-K get disintegrated because all three regions are part of this state and we have never fallen victim to slogans of dividing the state.
“But when two parties, which are opposite to each other and have no ideological match, form a coalition, they do so just for the sake of power. What will you expect from them except opportunism and compromises and people need to be cautious,” she said.
Asked what are the expectations of the party from the states where assembly elections are taking place, Soni said, “See how they (BJP) fared in Bihar. We were in power for 15 years in Delhi and it was impossible for us to retain power after 15 years, but they only got 3. AAP took all.
“They (BJP) are raising slogans of Congress-free India, let them win elections. Let them win elections and defeat Congress. Though we have less MPs in the Parliament, they are still making it difficult for them (BJP) and stopping them from doing wrong,” she said.
“Similarly, I want the Congress party to become the voice of the people and stand as watch guard here. We will prepare ourselves in every district to fight for the rights of the people.