Demand for shifting NIT campus gains momentum

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NEW DELHI: Non-Kashmiri students of NIT Srinagar protest at Jantar Mantar. Students demand institute be shifted outside the state. Government and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti assure them of their safety.

While protests related to the Handwara incident are brought under control, the situation on the National Institute of technology campus where around 1 thousand non Kashmiri students have gone on leave demanding the institute be shifted outside the state, continues to be worrisome.

They even staged protests at the jantar Manter in New Delhi.

Their concerns are for their safety after clashes broke out in the campus following India’s loss in the World T20, which was apparently celebrated by some students.

The NIT Srinagar row is refusing to die down.

The protestors also demanded that non-kashmiri students be given adequate security and strict action be taken against Jammu & Kashmir Police.

Demanding that NIT Srinagar be shited, these students had also taken out a rally in Jammu, although J&K Govt has already rejected the demand of moving the institute out of Srinagar.

Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti discussed the matter with union home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday.

After the meeting, Mehbooba had turned down the appeal for shifting NIT out of Srinagar.

Mehbooba also met Union Urban Development Minister Venkaih Naidu on Wednesday.

Naidu assured complete safety of the students, while Mehbooba raised hopes that the situation will return to normal soon. Meanwhile, between efforts to restore peace at the campus, exams were organised on Monday as per the schedule.

However, around 1000 non-kashmiri students did not appear for the exam.

So far around one thousand students of the institute have gone on leave after taking permission from NIT administration.

NIT Srinagar has around 2500 students, of which over two thousand students are from outside the state, around 300 are kashmiri.

HRD Ministry had given the students the alternative to appear for the exam later.

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