New Delhi: The management of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar, will consider formation of a students’ council and all national festivals will be celebrated in the institute, it said a day after outstation students put forth their demands at a meeting in the wake of clashes with local students.
The minutes of the meeting, attended by NIT, Srinagar director Rajat Gupta, officials of human resource development (HRD) ministry and students’ representatives, and decisions by the board of governors were put on the institute’s website.
It did not refer to another major demand of the students that Union HRD minister Smriti Irani or Prime Minister Narendra Modi should hoist the national flag on the campus.
It has been decided to allow optional external evaluation for the recent exams.
Also, a committee constituted for students’ grievance redressal having two external members will go for further fact finding into incidents that led to tension at NIT, Srinagar and is expected to submit its report around 15 May, according to the NIT website.
An official said that earlier an interim report had been given by a panel and this committee would further take up the matter. As per the Institute’s website, among the main decisions taken is that “a new Committee for students Grievance Redressal which has been constituted with two external members will do the fact finding now and its Report is likely to be submitted by 15th May, 2016."
It has been decided that the board of governors will consider the report and the formation of a students’ council and its modalities.
Optional external evaluation “for the minor one exam, on written request and irrevocable basis," has also been approved.
Enhancement of medical facilities within 3-4 months, prefabrication of two hostels having 80 rooms and prefabrication of 15 classrooms are likely to be completed within six months; reimbursement of medical bill claims and food and fruit corner on the campus are the other demands of students that the NIT administration has agreed to.
The issue of encroachment of NIT land has already been taken up and it will be pursued with the state government by the administration and all national festivals will be celebrated, it has been decided.
Demands relating to improved facilities in the hostels will be looked into.
NIT, Srinagar has been at the centre of a controversy since 1 April when clashes broke out between outstation and local students following India’s defeat to West Indies in the World Cup T20 semi-final.
The situation worsened on 5 April when outstation students tried to take out a march, but were stopped by the police, leading to alleged incidents of violence including vandalism by students and baton charge by police on the campus.