NIT Row: Now, External Evaluation in Offing



The HRD Minister, Smriti Irani, has reportedly agreed to facilitate the external evaluation of the final exam answer scripts for NIT Srinagar students who blamed the resident faculty of discrimination.

This option, the minister is learnt to have clarified, will be available only to those who request the Centre for external evaluation in writing, media reports said.

“Just like they requested us in writing to facilitate their safe journey back home, we would also want them to ask for external evaluation in writing. Only then will the government arrange for teachers from other NITs across the country to check their papers,” the report quoted a senior official.

The NIT-Srinagar is at present conducting its final examination. However, about one-third of the undergraduate students have opted to return home for a short break and take the exam at a later date. Over 1,000 students from other states left the institute this week, claiming that they felt unsafe on the campus.

A group of non-local students who met HRD Minister in New Delhi yesterday also demanded shifting of NIT out of Srinagar, which Irani rejected, the report added.

Trouble had started at the NIT-Srinagar campus after non-local students allegedly ransacked the institute’s property and beat the local students for celebrating the win of West Indies cricket team in a world T-20 cricket match.


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