SRINAGAR: Union HRD ministry officials have rejected the demand of outstation students of NIT Srinagar for shifting the institute out of Kashmir but assured them of addressing their "genuine" issues.
A group of outstation students of the NIT met deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and education minister Naeem Akhtar along with officials from Union HRD ministry to discuss the situation at the institute on Friday night.
"The demand for shifting the NIT out of Kashmir has been outrightly rejected by the HRD ministry officials.It has been made clear to the students," official sources said on Sunday.
The sources said the ministers and HRD officials, however, assured the students that their genuine demands like better amenities inside the campus and improving the academic atmosphere will be addressed.
"The Board of Governors of the NITs will be meeting on April 11 where all these issues will be addressed," the sources said.
They said the ministers told the students that security has never been an issue at the NIT but the state government will ensure that concerns on this front will also be addressed.
"The ministers asserted that students of the institute have been here at the peak of militancy and no one has ever been harmed," the sources said.
Meanwhile, an official of the NIT said the meeting was a positive development as the situation inside the campus was improving.
The situation is calm but the outstation students are seemingly still on protest, registrar, NIT Srinagar, Fayaz Ahmad Mir said.