‘Normalcy’ returns to NIT campus, academic activities resume

National Institute of Technology here re-opened on Monday following days of clashes and protests on the campus earlier this month.
‘Normalcy’ returns to NIT campus, academic activities resume
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National Institute of Technology here re-opened on Monday following days of clashes and protests on the campus earlier this month.

The clashes had erupted on March 31 after India's defeat against West Indies in the World T-20 semifinal. While some Kashmiri students celebrated the exit of India from the tournament, the outstation students inside the campus took strong objection to these celebrations, leading to group clashes.

"The campus is normal now. Students are back after the extra-curricular activities break," Director NIT, Rajat Gupta told Greater Kashmir. He said around 360 students were present in the campus on Monday.

"Yet 400 students are out. They are returning," Gupta said, adding that Vijay Dhar from Delhi Monday delivered a lecturer in the campus auditorium. "Most of the students attended it."

Officials at NIT said around 1,000 non-locals students left the campus after clashes. "Some returned on Sunday; some today," an official said, hoping that all students would return to attend their classes in next few days.

On Monday, the official said, "the campus was very peaceful and vibrant. It looked like nothing had happened."

He said students had gone out for a week-long sports break which is part of all semesters. He said the NIT administration is actively addressing grievances of students.

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