Tension at NIT administrative issue: Naeem Akhtar

Tension at NIT administrative issue: Naeem Akhtar

JAMMU: Minister for Education Naeem Akhtar on Wednesday said the ongoing tension at NIT Srinagar was “an administrative issue” and “not a security issue”. He said the state government was taking requisite measures to restore normal academic activity at the campus.
“I assure the parents of the students of NIT Srinagar that their wards are safe and the state government is taking all the measures to normalise the situation at the campus,” Akhtar told media persons here.
He said it was “not a local versus non-local issue as was being projected by some sections of the media” but just an administrative issue which is being sorted out. He said on the request of the Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh, Union Human Resource Development Minister, Mrs Smriti Irani sent a team of HRD Ministry to the campus today to take stock of the situation.
Akhtar said a senior police officer was monitoring the situation and normalcy would soon be restored at the campus: “I assure the students and their parents that a cordial atmosphere will return to the NIT campus soon and classes will resume at the earliest.”
He urged the students not to resort to any violence and instead focus on their studies. He also urged the civil society to rise to the occasion and help in restoring normalcy at the campus. “The present discordant situation can dent the image of the campus and both the local and the non local students at NIT should not only ensure each other’s well-being, but also uphold the reputation of this premiere institution,” he said.
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