The National Institute of Technology, Srinagar (NIT-S), which hogged national headlines over an in-campus brawl over T20 cricket match in April 2016 and subsequent protests, is closed since July 6, 2016, following the ongoing unrest in Kashmir.
As a result, students of the institute (non-Kashmiri students constituting the majority) are facing an uncertain future.
NIT Srinagar, which has close to 3,000 students, is four months behind all the other NITs in the country. The other NITs are having their scheduled mid-semester examinations.
Moreover, even the registration process for the autumn session 2016 has not begun in NIT Srinagar.
The continued postponements of the semester have unnerved students. Classes were to begin from August 3, but a later notice declared the date of commencement to August 23, then to September 5, to September 20, and then to November 1. But it is still closed and so is the future of the students.
So far in 2016, students have enjoyed nine months of holidays with January and February as winter holidays, April because of the NIT protests, and July-December period due to ongoing unrest in Kashmir.
The destruction caused by the disturbances in the Kashmir Valley is not only restricted to commercial but educational establishments as well. All educational institutes and universities are shut for the last three months.
As per Prof JA Bhat, Dean, Planning and Development, NIT-S, there are about 170 students inside the campus, who refuse to leave their rooms during the day because of the curfew, and come out only in the evenings.
A student from Delhi questioned what will be the level of education they will receive, if the suggestion that this semester be clubbed with the next one to complete things in time, is implemented.
Experts say, final year students of both undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be the worst sufferers as their placements and internships will be affected very badly.
They also said the companies had kept away from the college for campus placement.
The last such example of an unforeseen situation hampering classes was in 2014 floods.