Vice-Chancellor of Jammu University Prof R D Sharma said on Wednesday that it would have been better if Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was apprehended and put in jail for life because his death in an encounter caused a “huge loss of our children”.
“Such a huge loss of our children over the killing of a militant,’’ he said, referring to the unrest that has crippled life in the Valley. Sharma was speaking at a press meet called to explain achievements of the university. Jammu University was recently ranked A+ by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.
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Referring to his interactions with students during his two-year stint as Chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Examinations before taking over as Jammu University V-C in 2014, Sharma said those he met were hardworking and career-driven. “If over the killing of a militant, such a situation emerges in which children and their families become adamant that they won’t go to classes till the Kashmir issue is not solved, it is an eye-opener for us. We have to change our strategy,” he said, adding that there was a need to reach out to militants who enjoy support at the grassroots.
“Instead of killing him (Wani), it would have been better if he (Wani) was apprehended and put in jail for life,” Sharma added.
Pointing out that he has not been able to understand why “people in Kashmir have been supporting” militants, he said it was necessary to understand the reason.
“I think the Kashmir issue is a sensitive one which could not be resolved in the past 70 years. We should draw lessons from the failures to resolve the issue.”
Following measures by the state government, the situation in the Valley has started improving, Sharma said. To hold exams on time, there have been talks of reducing the syllabus, he said, adding that the state government is doing a lot to restore peace in the Valley.