‘Normalcy’ restored at NIT Srinagar, classes to resume on Monday


Srinagar: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry Saturday said normalcy has been restored at National Institute of Technology (NIT) Hazratbal Srinagar and at the hostels was normal, and academic activities would continue on Monday.

Classes at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Srinagar, which was shut down on Friday following clashes between two groups of students, will resume from Monday as normalcy has been restored on the campus. “The issue has been resolved and the earlier order to suspend work has been revoked,” an official of the NIT said. He said the class work will resume from Monday.

The NIT authorities had on Friday ordered shutdown of the campus till further orders after clashes between local and non-local students over the defeat of Indian cricket team against the West Indies in Thursday’s semi final clash in the ongoing World T20 Cup. In Delhi, the HRD ministry said normalcy has been restored at the NIT Srinagar.

A statement issued by the ministry said NIT Director Rajat Gupta had reassured the students, faculty and parents that the temporary situation arising out of tensions from disappointment at the outcome of the cricket match March 31 had been overcome. The situation on the campus and at the hostels was normal, and academic activities would continue on Monday, the statement said.

“The group of students have been counselled in the presence of senior officials,” it added. The Director, NIT Srinagar, assured the parents, students and all concerned that there is no cause for apprehension and students are safe and secure, said the statement. The HRD Ministry said the district administration and local authorities had extended the fullest cooperation, enabling the situation to be contained.

All scheduled programmes in the institution will take place, including the ‘National Research Scholar Conclave’ scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, it added. There was some altercation between local and non-local students which led to sloganeering. The NIT authorities had also asked all the students to vacate the hostels but were not evicted.

The NIT, which was earlier known as Regional Engineering College, has nearly 2500 students and 400 academic staff members.


KU students protest against beating of local students at NIT

Srinagar: The students of Kashmir University Saturday took out a solidarity march for the Kashmiri students of National Institute of Technology (NIT) who were allegedly thrashed by outside students on Friday.

The outside students had allegedly assaulted the Kashmiri students for celebrating India’s defeat in the semi-final of the ongoing ICC World T20 in Mumbai, the other day.

The KU students assembled in the campus Saturday morning to express solidarity with local students of NIT. They condemned the “beating and thrashing” of the Kashmiri students by non-local students.

“They outside students don’t have a right to force Kashmiri students to mourn India’s cricketing loss. The culprits should be taken to task by the college administration,” said a group of students.

Meanwhile a banned organisation of Kashmir Universty , Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU)said that the conversion of Regional Engineering College (REC), Srinagar into NIT was in itself a planned conspiracy to get hold of educational institutes in Kashmir to create mini settlements of outsiders which will ultimately change the demography of the students joining these institutes in favour of India. “This loss of an engineering college and its assets has reduced the number of Kashmiri students joining to less than 20% what used to be a decade earlier.”




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