Srinagar: The students of Srinagar’s premier engineering college National Institute of Technology (NIT) are worried after the death of popular militant Burhan Wani and subsequent unrest in the valley. The Institute was in controversy earlier this year due to clashes between local and non-local students after a cricket match.
Registration for the new semesters was supposed to begin from July 18 but the commencement has been extended thrice due to the prolonged shutdown in the valley. The curfew began on July 9 after the death of Burhan Wani followed by violence.
“College was scheduled to reopen in 3rd week of July, but since the unrest we have not been able to register for the semester. We are missing out on a huge portion of our syllabus,” said Varun, a third semester student.
Prakash Javadekar, Union HRD Minister on August 1 proclaimed that NIT, Srinagar’s issue had been resolved and the institute was functioning. But it’s been another month and the institute is still not functioning and the classes have not resumed even after Eid.
The aggrieved students and their parents are worried about the completion of courses and placements as no companies are daring to enter the valley. They have been demanding for alternative arrangements for their studies. The campus has been shut down for 2 months and the institute is not providing students with any alternative solutions.
Parents of non-local students have been demanding Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to organise temporary classes for their wards in NIT Jalandhar or NIT Hamirpur as the studies of students are badly affected due to continued shut down in the valley.