Exams have started at the NIT-Srinagar but the non-Kashmiri students, who have been agitating for over 10 days now, are not in a mood to appear for them. IPC Sec 144 has been imposed on the campus. The section makes unlawful any gathering of 10 or more people.
The imposition of Sec 144 means that the students will no longer be able to hold demonstrations inside the campus as long as it is in force.
The CRPF and SSB are still inside the campus.
Some students have also left for their respective homes
. This was one of the demands the students had placed stating that they were living in a state of fear inside the campus.
A paramilitary jawan looks into the lens as he stands guard at the NIT. PTI
The HRD ministry has already stated that the demand for the shifting of the NIT will not be met. The government has promised to meet other demands such as improving the facilities inside the campus, faculty shortage, etc, but the agitating students pointed out that major demands such as action against J&K police are not being met. Dy CM Nirmal Singh has made it clear
that the J&K police will continue to provide security to the campus and that the paramilitary forces are merely temporary measures.
Students who are not appearing for the exams will be able to appear for them later as per an early decision of the HRD ministry.
A two-member HRD team, which arrived at the campus on April 6
will remain stationed there till the exams are over. The NIT board of governors is reportedly holding a meeting to discuss the situation. Meanwhile, students from other institutes
across India and people of Jammu are extending their support to the agitating students of NIT-Srinagar.
Jammu residents wave the tricolour as they march through a part of the city. Facebook
Yesterday, authorities forced Anupam Kher to turn back
from the Srinagar airport. He was coming to the NIT to stand with the students and hand them a tricolour.