In a turnabout Dehradun college now pleading Kashmiri students to praise it

In a turnabout Dehradun college now pleading Kashmiri students to praise it

Srinagar: After turning their back of Kashmiri students in the aftermath of Feb 14 Pulwama attack, and giving an “undertaking” to rightwing elements with promise of not admitting Kashmiri students in future, a professional college in Dehradun is now asking Kashmiri students “present a fair picture” of the institute to a visiting official team from J&K.
The Baba Farid Institute of Technology (BFIT) in Dehradun was one of the two colleges, which had announced to not admit Kashmiri students from next session, The Indian Express reported on February 18. The other college is Alpine College of Management and Technology, Dehradun.
The colleges later clarified that they had made the statement under pressure.
Kashmiri students at BFIT said the college is now “flattering” and asking them to “praise” and “present a fair picture” of the institute to a team of J&K government officials likely to visit the campus as part of a reach-out programme.
“They are flattering us saying it was a “matter of respect” for them,” a student told Kashmir Reader over phone.
“They (college officials) asked us to describe the reality. I told him that I was the last student to leave the college, who left the campus only at the end, but the help from BFIT was zero,” he added.
“They said it was a ‘matter of respect’. I told them that if we praise the college, it would prove our people back home as liars. The authorities there would be questioned that they were lying all this while. And we would be ourselves proved as liars,” he added.
Recalling the college’s February statement denying admission to Kashmiris in future, the student said, “I myself saw their statement that no Kashmiri would be given admissions from next session.”
In absence of any help from the college, a student, said that they were compelled to spend thousands to travel to valley and back.
In March, Kashmir Reader reported about the plight of some Kashmiri students enrolled at the college who had fled home in February and returned to their rented room only to find it vandalised.
Meanwhile an official posted in the office of Advisor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai told Kashmir Reader that a ‘Group of Secretaries’ from the state-including Secretary Higher Education and his counterparts in the Culture and Youth Services and Sports departments- recently visited educational institutes outside the state.
The purpose of the visit, the official said, was “to ensure that Kashmiri students studying there don’t face any harassment especially in the wake of what happened after Pulwama attack”.
The group, which was constituted in the first week of April and is concluding the visit, will submit a report to the Chief Secretary, the official added.