Kashmir unrest: NIT students demand ‘temporary’ arrangements outside Valley

Jasleen Kour
As the Kashmir unrest is lingering on, the students of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar have appealed the central government for ‘temporary’ setting up of classes outside valley, citing intermittent violence in Valley hampering their studies.
Score of students, talking to Newspoint said that there should be some alternative arrangements for the NIT students, especially for those who are admitted in the
NIT Srinagar from outside Valley.
“It’s been almost two months that I have not seen face of my college,” said Akash a student of fifth semester. He added that the continuous spate of violence in the Valley not only affect their studies, but also trigger fear psychosis among them.
A group of girl students, flanked by their parents appealed the central and state government to shift the campus outside the Kashmir Valley, probably in Jammu or nearby state.
“The government must take a move and temporarily shift the students to some nearby campus of the NIT. The government should realize that the crucial time of the students is getting waste. We got admitted into NIT after tiring and hard competition, but now we are being debarred from taking classes, which is injustice with our career,” said another NIT student-Janvi.
The irate students further said that either the government resume the classes in Kashmir valley or shift the campus to some safe place, so that students may continue their students smoothly.
Hared Gupta, another student of NIT said “We have missed very important things in these two months, which is a very big span now it is difficult to recover.” He added that to compensate it, the government and the college administration had to contemplate.
Some students rued that they are not even registered for next semester, due to which their degree may linger.
“I am student of fourth semester according to my documents, but last month was my registration date for fifth semester, which I missed due to prevailing situation,” said Syaed Khakar, a student. She further said that all the students belonging to Jammu and outside states are looking for alternative classes on net, which is largely waste of time.
Terming the present situation uncertain, a student said that they want to utilize this time, but due to uncertainty they are in dilemma.
“I want to take my internship, but this is temporary period and no one is sure, when the situation in Kashmir gets normal, so I am very much confused regarding present situation,” said Deepika, another student.
The students requested HRD Minister, Parkash Javadekar for emergency arrangements of temporary classes in any near by NIT College. The education sector in Kashmir has taken a huge hit with the unrest in the region entering the third month.
It is pertinent to mention here that the educational institutes across the Kashmir are shut since the eruption of violent protests after the killing of Hizbul Commander-Burhan Wani.
Meanwhile, all Heads of Departments / Deans / Associate Deans / Registrar had convened a meeting to discuss important academic matters due to prevailing unrest.
During the meeting the Director at first apprised the members of the measures taken regarding various activities of the Institute during the current unrest period including alternate arrangements made for placement process of NIT Srinagar students at NIT Delhi.
In view of prolonged closure of academic activities and delay in initiating academic session, threadbare discussion was held for setting the strategy to save the semester.
The committee decided that the physical reporting/registration for B.Tech / M. Tech first semester is already on. In view of present situation it is further extended till 3rd October 2016. For all other semesters, registration will start from 1st October 2016 till 3rd October 2016. Classes for all semesters will commence from 3rd October 2016 Monday.
For M. Tech sponsored admissions in various departments, date of submission of duly completed application forms is further extended till October 3rd 2016.
Further, in the interest of students, all HODs ensured about the availability of syllabi of various courses of Autumn semester in respect of both UG and PG programme. In case of missing syllabi concerned HODs are requested to upload the same on Institute website as soon as possible.
Further, it has been resolved unanimously, that in order to safeguard the academic interests of the students, all Saturdays and Holidays shall be converted to working days once normalcy is regained. Further the loss of working days will be compensated by utilizing winter vacation 2016-17.

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