Educational Institutions Remain Shut


Srinagar: Majority of educational institutions remained closed on Tuesday in the Kashmir valley, where students had taken to streets in protest against the use of ‘disproportionate’ force on students, including girls, in south Kashmir district of Pulwama on April 16.

Police and paramilitary forces even clashed with the students after former tried to stop student protests.

The Divisional Administrations as a precautionary measure had announced closure of all universities, colleges and Higher Secondary schools on Tuesday in the Kashmir valley in view of tension.

he Kashmir University (KU), Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) and Central University had postponed all examinations which were scheduled to be held today.

However, announcing to continue their agitation against entry of security forces in educational institutions and beating up of students, Kashmir Students Union (KSU) said closure of educational institutions for a day will not resolve the issue .

On late Tuesday an official spokesman announced that the higher educational institutions shall remain closed for second consecutive day on Wednesday.

Apprehending trouble majority private schools also announced closure of their institutions on Tuesday in view of student unrest. Attendance in government schools was also very less as compared to other working days as parents feared trouble.

Similar situation was witnessed in educational institutions in north, central and south Kashmir districts.

A spokesman of the AJKSU said that the peaceful protest will continue in all educational institutions of Jammu & Kashmir until the genuine problem of students are not solved.                                              

He said closing the educational institutions today is not answer to atrocities on students by security forces as government must address the genuine demand of students.

The peaceful protests will continue even after shutting all educational institutions in State until the demands like “release of all detained students”,  “assurance that security forces will never enter in any college premises in future.”  And Soldiers involved in the Pulwama incident are brought to book. 

It has now became a war in between” Pens vs pellets ” and “Books vs bullets”, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, cutting across party lines, all political parties, including ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded stern action against the security forces who entered Pulwama Degree College, where more than 60 students, including girl students, were injured on April 16.

   Meanwhile,the state government has ordered the closure of all Degree Colleges and SP Higher Secondary School (HSS) Srinagar on April 19 (Wednesday).

A top official in divisional administration said the all colleges and SP HSS Srinagar will remain closed tomorrow as well. “All other schools, except SP School will remain open,” the official said.


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