NIT ROW: Protests by non-local students subside after exam announcement

NIT ROW: Protests by non-local students subside after exam announcement

SRINAGAR: The protest by non-local students at National Institute of Technology (NIT) here subsided on Friday—the eighth day of the tussle—after the college authorities announced that the upcoming semester examinations would be held on the set dates.
The students were expecting a delay in the examinations in wake of the protests staged by the non-Kashmiri students to demand relocation of the campus, hoisting of the Indian tricolour at the main entrance, security from outsiders and locals, equality and transparency, and end to academic harassment by the faculty.
A student, wishing anonymity as the college authorities have barred the students from speaking to media, told Kashmir Reader that the non-Kashmiri students didn’t protest with the same intensity as before.
“There was a mild protest held earlier in the day. In the forenoon, only girls held a protest; the boys started assembling to protest only in the afternoon. The intensity of sloganeering was also low as compared to the previous days,” the student said.
“A number of protesting students I saw were also collecting study material. Some of my classmates also approached me,” he added.
The institute has also set a condition for non–Kashmir students who don’t want to appear in the exam: they have been asked to give their and their parents’ names so that their transit to their homes could be facilitated.
As per the notification, which is in possession of Kashmir Reader, a separate exam would be held for the non-Kashmiri students who chose to leave.
However, the notice reads, the authorities haven’t received any names from the students, so far.
Prior to the notice, a two-member team constituted by the human resource ministry of India had interacted with Kashmiri students, who have neither opposed the holding of examinations on time nor its deferment. The controversy in NIT started a week ago when non-Kashmiri students resorted to violence in response to Kashmiris’ celebration over India’s defeat against West Indies in World T20 semi final.
They attacked and injured Kashmiri students, a teacher, and a courier.
Non-Kashmiri students had chanted ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, while the police had to use action to bring the situation under control.

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