Amid unrest Kashmiri students reach Jammu to pursue studies

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Pardeep Singh Bali

Amidst the ongoing unrest at the Kashmir Valley, career conscious students have started ‘temporary’ migration to Jammu to pursue their studies without any hassle. Number of students from Valley have reached and registered themselves under different courses, thus doubling the registration at private coaching institutions. The movement of Kashmiri students to Jammu and other places has started since last three months after a cycle of violence erupted in Kashmir valley after the death of Hizbul Commander-Burhan Wani.
“Though it is bad whatever is happening in Kashmir Valley, but conditions in Kashmir has brought good business to Jammu, especially to educational institutions, which are witnessing boom in registration
of students,” said Sahil Magotra-a teacher at one of the respected institutions of Jammu.
He said that number of students is pouring from Kashmir for taking admission in coaching of civil services, while students of medical and engineering are also getting themselves registered here.
“We mostly receive Kashmiri students after fall of winters and very serious students only register themselves for civil services, but this year many non serious students have registered this year, which shows situation in Kashmir,” he said and added that although, the number of medical and engineering students have almost remained same as it used to be.
Meanwhile, students are upset over the prevailing situation in Kashmir and wish this cycle ends soon.
“I want to become civil servant to serve my society, but seeing the present situation in Kashmir, I do not think it is possible to even think of it, when the most of the times schools and colleges remain shut,” said Lubna Madni, a student from Kashmir.
She added that they waited for few days for the schools to open, but when months passed by, their parents decided to shift to Jammu and admit them here to continue studies.
Similarly, a youth from south Kashmir-Asif Zargar, who aspires to be doctor, said that his school falls in the heart of the city, which remains focus point of protests and violence.
“I cannot pursue my dream of becoming a doctor, when my surroundings are disturbing me. My neighbours are on streets and if I deny coming out, they abuse me and threat me of dire consequences,” said Zargar, adding “They do not understand my ambitions and neither have I wanted to prove them anything. I am interested in my studies, so I compelled my family to move to Jammu.”
He further regretted every Kashmiri student has some aspirations, “But how will we compete in the world if we cannot study. We had no option but to shift to a Jammu.”
Jammu schools open for Kashmiri studentsMany students from Kashmir Valley have taken regular admission at the Government Higher secondary School in Sunjawan area of Jammu where special classes are being held to make up for the time they have lost.
The school administration shared that they have regularly getting phone calls from parents from Kashmir who want to shift their children to the school.
“Apart from the students who have taken regular admission, there are some students who come here to take classes. For such students we have exempted the morning assembly. They can come at their will to attend the class and leave whenever they want to,” administration said.No exams postponed:Even when the students are grappling with the huge syllabus and loss of time, the state government has made it clear that exam for class 10th and 12th will be held on time. State Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said there were no plans to defer the examinations.

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