Over 500 outstation students of NIT-Srinagar have returned to the institute and resumed classes more than three weeks after clashes between local and non-local students rocked the campus. Over 1,200 students had left for their homes after the unrest on campus earlier this month.
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In Jammu, meanwhile, several outstation students continued the protest to press for their demands, including permanent deployment of CRPF on the campus.
But the NIT administration said that it was hopeful that all students would return soon.
“Throughout the day students were arriving. The number could have crossed 500 or more. We hope all the students will be back in the next few days,’’ said Dean, Students Welfare, Abdul Liman.
He added that the CRPF personnel deployed at the campus have been withdrawn. “There is only J&K Police security,” he said, claiming that the situation on the campus was normal.
Last week, the NIT administration had notified that outstation students, who went home after the unrest, could take the exams from May 5 to 8.
But protesting outstation students in Jammu said there was no question of returning to the campus till their demands were met. “What is the purpose of returning when NIT’s local management has been openly threatening to ruin our careers,’’ said a student, who did not wish to be named.