Ground Report | Srinagar
Engineering students at Srinagar’s National Institute of Technology (NIT) have lodged their protest against the management’s decision to hold examinations from 17 December.
Students of Second-year B. Tech. and first-semester M. Tech. are supposed to take exams from this date.
A group of Students says that the exams are being held to bring the academic session to an abrupt end, even though a large chunk of the syllabus has not been covered because of the shutdown imposed due to the scrapping of Article 370.
The students’ protest began last week and continued until Wednesday, “We had requested college management to delay our examination but there was no one who would listen to us and understand problem as Kashmir was under lockdown for more than 3 months .” said a student who didn’t wish to be named.
“Only after the scuffle did the management take notice, but it warned the students against any indiscipline. We are told a final decision on whether to hold the examinations or not will come next Monday.”
NIT was among the thousands of educational institutes that were closed when BJP led central government abrogated Jammu and Kashmir’s special status article 370 and 35A on 5 August besides divided Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
The NIT only began operating partially on 15 October, and classes resumed after more than two months on 21 October, once the outstation students returned to Kashmir.