Some distinguished faculty members from 31 NITs and 18 IITs might land in NIT-Srinagar to teach at the institute amid tensions following the March 31 incident that led to J&K police allegedly beating pro-India students of the institute.
According to a report, the HRD ministry has shortlisted 50 faculty members from the institutions, of which a few would be sent to the Srinagar campus.
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The teachers could be placed there for a semester or an entire course.
Exams are scheduled to start in NIT-Srinagar campus from April 11 but protesting students are in no mood to appear for them. The HRD has decided to let the protesting students sit for the exams at a later date. A two-member team sent by the ministry to assess the situation and listen to the students will stay put till the exams get over.
The students at Srinagar have been protesting the police action as well as their harassment at the hands of the current NIT administration. Among their demands they placed before the HRD team is the shifting of NIT campus from Srinagar. Meanwhile, students from other colleges across the country are coming out in support of the students of NIT-Srinagar
have joined the voices calling for action against the J&K police. The J&K government has ordered a probe into the police lathi charge that left many students injured.
Umar Farooq speaks
Separatist leaders finally spoke on the NIT-Srinagar row. Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that all students in NIT are safe and there is no reason for them to be afraid. He accused political forces of fanning the flames.
Speaking at the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar during Friday prayers, Farooq urged the students to concentrate on studies.