NIFT Srinagar operates from Jodhpur since September 19, Government ‘doesn’t know’
Amid ongoing public uprising in Kashmir, the Srinagar campus of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) has been "temporarily" shifted to Jodhpur, Rajasthan and is operating from there for the past 25 days. Surprisingly, the state authorities have "no knowledge about it."
Official sources told Greater Kashmir that NIFT's Srinagar campus is operating from the institution's Jodhpur campus since September 19 in the wake of continuous lockdown and restrictions in Kashmir.
"In view of the existing law and order situation in parts of J&K, it has been decided to temporarily transfer the students admitted for Srinagar campus to NIFT Jodhpur and academic schedule for these students has started from 19th September," reads a notice issued by NIFT. "The time lost due to the situation in Srinagar will be made up by holding classes on Saturdays and, if required, during mid-semester break."
Curiously, the campus is operating from Jodhpur even before the State Government's go-ahead to the proposal.
In August this year, DG NIFT had asked the J&K Government's to temporarily shift the NIFT classes outside the State.
When contacted, Commissioner/Secretary, Industries and Commerce department, Shailendra Kumar said: "They (NIFT) authorities have written to us that they should be allowed to run classes outside Kashmir this year due to the prevailing situation here."
He said they will write to NIFT authorities against shifting classes from Kashmir. "We will try to persuade them not to shift students outside Kashmir," he said.
When asked that they have already shifted to Jodhpur, he said: "I am not aware about it."
An official of NIFT, wishing anonymity, claimed the move was temporary and classes would re-start in Srinagar as soon as situation improves in Kashmir.
"The decision has been taken in the interest of students," he said.
The NIFT campus, which was operating from Rangreth Industrial Estate, was sanctioned by the Government of India in 2009 at an estimated cost of Rs 188 crore. Of this, 90 percent was to be paid by the Centre and the rest 10 percent by the State.