SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday ordered a time-bound inquiry in the NIT controversy.
In a statement issued here, education minister Naeem Akhtar said the government has asked additional deputy commissioner to conduct an inquiry into the incident and submit its report within 15 days.
“The state administration, officials of the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) and NIT are monitoring the issues and we are hopeful that the issues will be resolved soon,” the minister said.
NIT had already ordered a six-member fact finding committee to inquire into the controversy, which entered the seventh day on Thursday. Police are investigating the case and have registered an FIR, while a video showing non-Kashmiri students vandalising the NIT property went viral on Thursday.
Kashmiri students also submitted a memorandum of demands to a two-member team of human resources ministry, demanding that forces should be withdrawn from the campus, while stating that the formation of councils, unions and politicizing the campus would only widen the divide at the campus.
“NIT Srinagar has overcome a long history of struggle to get rid of security forces on campus in the first place. Let’s make this very clear, non-Kashmiri students are demanding the presence of armed security at the premises. This is not acceptable here or anywhere in the world. In the past, security forces used to reside in the hostel, which had created fear among every student and parent,” the memorandum reads.
Reacting to allegations of the non-Kashmiri students that Kashmiri academics may not evaluate them fairly, Kashmiri students said in the memorandum that the academic section of the NIT has the exam records of all students in the past, which can be accessed to see that local academics have never been unfair.
“A fair number of the toppers are non-locals,” reads the memorandum.
Regarding the religious festivals, Kashmiri students said they have been and will continue to celebrate Holi, Diwali, and every occasion with non-Kashmiris.
The MHRD team, after meeting Kashmiri students, held meeting with NIT administration. An Official told Kashmir Reader that the meeting planned deferring the exams scheduled to start from April 11.