National Institute Technology (NIT) exodus triggers political slugfest

The incident shows how the State has been progressing apace under the much-hyped double engine government: Pritam Singh

The political blame game has followed the exodus of students from the National Institute Technology (NIT) Srinagar with both Congress and BJP lashing out at each other, holding the rival responsible for the sorry state of things at the institute, the only one in Uttarakhand. While the ruling BJP hit out at the Congress, accusing the opposition party of instigating the students to empty out of the campus, the State Congress leaders dubbed the exodus as a reflection of the State’s progress under the double engine Government. The State Congress chief, Pritam Singh, said that the incident shows how the State has been progressing apace under the much-hyped double engine government. “Congress set up the reputed institute in a mountainous area. But the BJP Government has done nothing to develop it,” he said. Reacting to the Congress attack, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Dhan Singh Rawat, said that the institute had been set up during the UPA regime in haste sans budgetary support and land being provided. “It is the BJP Government that has provided land for the institute at Sumari village,” he said. On Tuesday, around 900 students of the prestigious institute left the campus in protest against the Government’s callousness regarding their demand of a permanent campus. An alarmed administration of the college has written to the parents of the students, informing them of the consequences of the step taken by their wards. Before leaving the campus, the students sent mails to the President, Prime Minister, Union human resource development (HRD) Minister, Governor and Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. In these e-mails, the students said that they were leaving the campus under distress and would not return until they were provided with a transit campus at a place which ensures their safety, medical help, corporate exposure and accessibility to technological advances as per the standards. Earlier, the student had erupted in anger on October 3 when two girl students had been hit by a speeding car on the National Highway. The girls had been on their way to the lab from their hostel when the accident happened on the bustling NH. One of the girls is still battling for her life at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh. The students have been demanding shifting of the campus to a safer location in the plains till the full-fledged facility is set up in Srinagar. Set up in 2010 in Srinagar nestled in the Garhwal hills, NIT has been functioning from a temporary campus. The administrative block and the labs are located in the old ITI campus while the students go to the Polytechnique college campus for classes. The NIT administration has rented a hotel to house the students. read more post… Thursday, 25 October 2018 | PNS | Dehradun–

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