Accepting a major demand of the protesting students, the NIT board of governors decided that all national festivals will be celebrated inside the NIT-Srinagar campus.
A committee has also been set up for students’ grievance redressal constituting two external members to probe into the students’ protests and the repressive police action that left many injured.
In a meeting held on April 19 in New Delhi with representatives of the agitating students, the board gave the fact-finding committee a deadline of May 15 to submit the report.
They have decided to discuss the report and take subsequent action based on it on May 20.
The agitating students had also demanded improved facilities in the Srinagar campus. The board decided that medical facilities, for one, will be enhanced in the next 3-4 months.
Further, the board ruled that the NIT-Srinagar administration will have to provide medical reimbursement when bills are presented for the same. The administration is currently meeting some of the claims.
Accommodation was a major concern of both the students and the administration. The board said that in the next six months, 15 classrooms and two hostels of 80 rooms shall be constructed.
In a previous meeting, the NIT-Srinagar decided that the minor-1 examinations – the exams many non-Kashmiri students gave a miss – will be held from May 5-8.
Meanwhile, a PTI report says that the agitating NIT-Srinagar students, who are now holding protests in New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, have written to the government requesting either Prime Minister Narendra Modi or HRD Minister Smriti Irani to unfurl the tricolour at NIT-Srinagar.
In their letter, they have reportedly reiterated their demand of reshuffling the NIT administration and permanent deployment of CRPF in the campus among others.