The Srinagar administration has reiterated that it did not direct closure of any educational institution in the city.
“We put it on record that the reason cited for suspending classwork in our notice is a case of miscommunication where NIT Srinagar mistook advice for watchfulness issued to all educational institutions in the district in view of the prevailing situation for an instruction to suspend classwork,” the Srinagar administration said in a statement.
“The decision to suspend classwork is the institute’s own. No instructions for suspension of classwork or closure of the institute were issued from the district administration. DC Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary speaking in reference to it said no advice or instructions were issued for closing the institute or any other educational institution in the district. Only an advice for being watchful was issued to heads of all institutions considering the prevailing situation in the district,” the statement said.
“The transportation was arranged upon requests from the NIT management which had received requests in this regard from distressed parents of students,” it added.
Meanwhile, the statement said the NIT Srinagar has withdrawn the said notice and regretted the error. “It has also sought to put on record that the institute has prior plans of vacations beginning next week stressing that the plan preceded the beginning of the prevailing situation and should not be attributed to it. It is notable that colleges across the Kashmir division are already closed being on summer vacations since August 1.”