KG News Desk
Srinagar, April 9: The Indian Human Resources Development Ministry (HRDM) has rejected non-local students’ demand to shift Srinagar’s National Institute of Technology (NIT) out of Kashmir.
The ministry has also turned down their plea of setting up an alternative campus extension outside the Valley. Besides, the student’s plea seeking relaxation of migration rules has also been declined; a change in the migration rule would have allowed the students to shift to their desired NIT campus in the country.
“The demand for shifting the NIT out of Kashmir has been outrightly rejected by the HRD ministry officials. It has been made clear to the students,” official sources said on Saturday.
The sources said Ministers and HRD officials however assured the students that their genuine demands like better amenities inside the campus and improving the academic atmosphere will be addressed.
“The Board of Governors of the NITs will be meeting on April 11 where all these issues will be addressed,” the sources said.
They said the ministers told the students that security has never been an issue at the NIT but the state government will ensure that concerns on this front will also be addressed.
“The ministers asserted that students of the institute have been here at the peak of militancy and no one has ever been harmed,” the sources said.
Meanwhile, an official of the NIT said the meeting was a positive development as the situation inside the campus was improving.
The situation is calm but the outstation students are seemingly still on protest, Registrar, NIT Srinagar, Fayaz Ahmad Mir said.
Mir said as there were no protests at the campus this morning.
The students are in their hostels as there was no class work today as Saturday and Sunday are off days, he said.
Udhampur students block highway
Students from four local colleges on Saturday blocked the strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district.
Police and civil administration called the principals of the four colleges who spoke to the agitating students after which the students dispersed. The blockade of the highway continued for one-and-a-half hours.
The agitating students said they had blocked the highway to express solidarity with the protesting students of the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar.