Smriti Irani promises to arrange for external evaluation for non-Kashmiri students at NIT


The Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani has reportedly assured the non-Kashmiri students of the NIT to arrange for external evaluation if they so wished.

Irani made this promise after meeting a delegation of NIT’s outstation students, who were accompanied by ABVP leaders on Wednesday.

Irani reportedly clarified that this facility will be extended to those outstation students, who will formally request.

Indian Express quoted an official as saying, “Just like they requested us in writing to facilitate their safe journey back home, we would also want them to ask for external evaluation in writing. Only then will the government arrange for teachers from other NITs across the country to check their papers.”

About one third of the students at NIT have declined to sit for the final examinations currently being undertaken at NIT saying they will do so at a later date. This was followed by 1,000 students leaving the campus to head back home to their respective states saying that they felt unsafe.

The delegation also asked Irani to shift the NIT campus outside Srinagar, but the HRD minister reportedly rejected the request.

Irani told the delegation that the HRD ministry will bear the medical costs for those who had suffered injuries in the police lathicharge during the recent skirmishes on the campus.

NIT has been at the centre of raging controversy after India’s defeat to West Indies in the just-concluded World Twenty20 semi-final. The oustation students had accused the local students of hoisting Pakistani flags on the campus.


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