Following days of tension between the locals and non-Kashmiri students over nationalism, many non-local students have left the National Institute of Technology in Srinagar.
Around 600 students left the campus on April 11, and another 500 on April 12.
Though examinations happened as per schedule on April 11, a large chunk of the non-Kashmiri students skipped it, deciding to avail of the opportunity of taking the test after the holidays, possibly by the third week of April.
This opportunity was provided to them by the Union HRD ministry.
According to a student, many of them were feeling suffocated as they were not allowed to go outside or talk to media.
“We want to get out of campus and do not want to risk our lives to continue with studies,” a student said.
Some feel this will give them the much desired time who will be back after tensions die down on campus.
According to a media report, to those students who wanted to leave, the HRD ministry has circulated an email ID, so that preparations for their examinations could be done later.
Meanwhile on April 11, three men from Delhi tried to enter the NIT campus for hoisting the national flag, but were detained just outside the main gate of the institute. They were part of a group of about 150 people from Delhi who were intending to go to NIT but were detained in Jammu.
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher also tried to visit the campus, but was not allowed to enter into the city. He said that his visit to NIT should not be politicised as he was going there not to create problems but to give a sense of warmth to the students. He added that he wanted to express solidarity and provide moral support to the students.
The campus faced unrest when students celebrated India’s win over Pakistan in T20 World Cup match. Following this, local students celebrated and raised anti-India slogans. Sensing trouble, Jammu Kashmir Police and CRPF were deployed at the NIT Srinagar campus.
The situation worsened when outstation students tried to take out a march outside the campus but were stopped by the police, leading to incidents of violence and lathicharge by police.
Due to protest by students against the police action, a Union HRD ministry team visited the campus to diffuse the situation. Among the demands listed by the students before the central team was postponing the examinations so that they could return to their homes.