Af­ter Srinagar, HRD Alerts All NITs

Di­rec­tors asked to guard against flare up in cam­puses over ide­l­og­i­cal dif­fer­ences

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: While its team is camp­ing at NIT Srinagar to calm frayed tem­pers and keep a watch over the heav­ily-guarded cam­pus, the Hu­man Re­sources Devel­op­ment (HRD) min­istry is also reach­ing out to all NIT Di­rec­tors across the coun­try to be alert to sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions and re­act to them with sen­si­tiv­ity. The NIT Srinagar row has led to fears be­ing ex­pressed on ei­ther side of the di­vide with one group of stu­dents say­ing they may not be fairly treated by the in­sti­tute’s fac­ulty fol­low­ing these clashes and a larger fear be­ing ex­pressed that Kash­miri stu­dentsacross­var­i­ous­cam­pus­esin the­coun­try­may­be­tar­gete­d­in­re­tal­i­a­tion.

The sit­u­a­tion at the NIT Srinagar cam­pus has been tense af­ter clashes erupted fol­low­ing In­dia’s de­feat to the West In­dies in the World T20 Cup match­last­week.Protestscon­tin­ueat the­cam­puswith­somes­tu­dent­seven leav­ing and go­ing home. Now, the HRD min­istry is learnt to have in­for­mally ad­vised al­most all NIT Di­rec­tors to guard against any sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion and to han­dle it with ‘sen­si­tiv­ity’.

“Fol­low­ing the NIT Srinagar in­ci­dent, it was felt that we must also ask the heads of these in­sti­tutes to be aware of the sit­u­a­tion on cam­pus, be sen­si­tive to it and coun­sel stu­dents and fac­ulty as well”, a HRD min­istry of­fi­cial con­firmed to ET. The en­tire thrust of the HRD min­istry ef­fort so faristonor­mal­izethe­si­t­u­a­tion­atthe cam­pusthrough­con­fi­dence­build­ing mea­sures. The min­istry is keep­ing a close watch on the sit­u­a­tion at the NIT cam­pus and is also coun­selling the fac­ulty at the NIT to be ex­tra cau­tious and sen­si­tive to the sit­u­a­tion, the min­istry of­fi­cials added.

TheNITSri­na­garBoard­willal­sobe meet­ingnex­tweek­to­take­stockof the sit­u­a­tion. Se­nior HRD min­istry of­fi­cials are ex­pected to at­tend the meet­ing.Protestscon­tin­ueattheNITwith stu­dents hold­ing a dharna on the in­sti­tute’s ground. Only 900 of the to­tal 2300 stu­dents are said to be back to class. Be­sides clashes with the J&K po­lice ear­lier this week that fur­ther ag­gra­vat­edthe­si­t­u­a­tion,thes­tu­dents and­some­par­entshaveal­so­ex­pressed fears that the fac­ulty may be bi­ased against them in ex­am­i­na­tions.

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