Smriti Irani says safety of NIT students is her prime concern


Reacting on the raging controversy involving the students of Srinagar’s National Institute of Technology (NIT), Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday said that the safety of students was her prime concern.

She said that her ministry officials were visiting the NIT campus to ensure that all of their grievances were addressed.

She told reporters in Surat in Gujarat, “Law and order is a state subject. I have spoken to Mehbooba Mufti, she has assured me that students are safe there and that a division level inquiry has been initiated. Some students are worried about their marks sheets. HRD officials are in the campus and they have spoke to over 500 students.”

“Our officials are there to extends all possible help to students, they will stay there the exams are over,” she was quoted by ANI.

Earlier on Wednesday, a two-member HRD ministry team arrived at the NIT in Srinagar to apprise themselves with the situation on the campus, which has been tense since early this month.

The NIT has been at the centre of huge controversy since India losing to West Indies in the semi-finals of the just-concluded World Twenty20 competition.

There’s been a tension on the campus between the non-Kashmiri and local students.

Non-Kashmiri students studying at NIT Srinagar on Tuesday night complained of police brutalities as they tried to move out of the institute in group during a protest demonstration.

Quoting students, who wished not to be identified, PTI reported that protesting students had sat on dharna demanding meeting with HRD officials.

One student said, “We held meeting with NIT administration and they agreed to the demand. We were allowed freely to move out the gate. When we were going out of the campus as per the past practice, police did not allow us and resorted to cane-charge resulting in injuries to several students.”

Jammu and Kashmir’s deputy chief minister, Nirmal Singh, said that there was mild lathi charge when NIT students tried to move to the gate to meet media.

He said, ” Two companies of CRPF have been deployed there and the situation is normal now.”