Amid chaos, hostel boarders of universities in 'dilemma'

Panic has gripped hostel boarders of various universities following advisory by government for Yatris and tourists to curtail their stay in Kashmir.

Chaos and confusion prevails in hostels of the Kashmir University (KU) and other educational institutions which has left students in a dilemma. “We are unable to decide whether to return to our homes or stay back at respective hostels,” said a student of KU.

On Saturday morning, the authorities in National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar evacuated all hostel boarders, particularly non-local students of the institute.

An official said all the non-local students were provided SRTC buses up to Jammu.

“After advisory was issued for tourists and Yatris, we received verbal directions from state as well central administration to suspend the classwork and evacuate the students from hostels,” an official said wishing anonymity.

The official said the “SRTC buses were provided by administration and the institute was “advised” to evacuate the students.

“Semester break was already going on, otherwise there would have been chaos in campus because we have 3500 students enrolled here. These were maximum first semester students and all were shifted,” the official said.

The official however said there were no written orders from administration to suspend the classwork or empty the hostels. The official said they also received calls from parents of non-local students who were worried about the whereabouts of their kids. “They also pleaded to send back the students to their homes and we accordingly conveyed it to MHRD as well,” the official said. The classwork for all the courses at NIT Srinagar has been suspended indefinite till further orders.

Meanwhile, the Principal of Kashmir Government Polytechnic (KGP) College Gogji Bagh also directed the hostel boarders to vacate the hostels immediately.

“It is notified for the information of all students who are residing in the college hostel to vacate from the hostel immediately and no students will be provided hostel facility till further orders,” reads a notification issued by principal KGP College Gogji Bagh here.

Meanwhile the scores of students from different departments of Kashmir University on Saturday staged a protest against the “war like situation” prevailing in valley.

The protesting students said the government has created panic among the students particularly the hostel boarders.

Registrar KU, Dr Nisar Ahmad Mir said they have not taken any decision about the hostels. “Let students stay at hostels with ease. We have not taken any decision to vacate them,” Mir said.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of NIT hostel boarders created panic among university students who questioned the state and varsity administrations about their safety in hostels.

“We are totally confused, our exams are going but we have distractions from all sides due to the prevailing situation. If everything is alright then why NIT students were evacuated from hostels and sent back to their respective homes,” said a student of IUST.

Vice Chancellor IUST, Prof. Mushtaq Ahmad Siddique said “we are on watch and ward mode and no hostel boarder will face any sort of trouble.

“The situation is not clear yet and we have not decided to vacate hostels. In case anything happens then we have our buses available and hostel students will be dropped at their homes,” he said. He they have not decided yet to vacate the hostels.