SRINAGAR: The non-local students of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar stayed away from the examination, which commenced on Monday, and over 600 of them left for their homes while the Congress has demanded a judicial inquiry into the unrest in the institute.
After over a week-long unrest in the NIT, the exams (Minor) got underway in the campus on Monday.
NIT Registrar Fayaz Ahmad Mir told Express that all the local students appeared in the examination. He said a handful of non-local students also appeared in the examination. Rest of the outstation students, who are agitating against police lathi-charge on them on April 5, did not appear in the exams. He said over 600 non-local students have left the institute for their homes on Monday after they were granted permission to skip the examination.
“They can appear in the examination later,” he said. The NIT Registrar said about 1100 non-local students have applied with the administration for visiting their homes. About 2,700 students are studying in NIT Srinagar and out of them about 1,800 are non locals.
The NIT has been in turmoil after non-local students clashed with local students on April 1, a day after the Kashmiri students celebrated India’s loss to West Indies in semi final of WorldT20.
Mir said a meeting of Board of Governors of the NIT was held on Monday, which was also attempted by two HRD officials. During the meeting HRD officials made it clear that students demand to shift the NIT to any other State is not possible.
Sources said the HRD ministry is mulling to send outside faculty members to NIT Srinagar. “The HRD ministry is also considering the demand of non-local students to have external evaluation of their final examination papers,” they said.
Meanwhile, senior Congress general secretary Ambika Soni demanded judicial probe into the NIT unrest.