Jammu: Prof. A.R. Dar, Director, National Institute of Technology Srinagar (NIT), has informed Governor N.N. Vohra that classwork has been resumed with the commencement of classes for B.Tech 1st Semester from 28th November, 2016.
As per the NIT’s report Phd. and M.Tech classes are also proceeding smoothly; classes for B. Tech. 7th semester are scheduled to commence from 15th December 2016 and those for 3rd and 5thsemesters from 1st Januray 2017; students of 3rd and 5th semesters have in the meanwhile, been undergoing internship/practical training and students of 7th semester have been working on their final year project and seminars.
NIT has taken various steps and made arrangements for resumption of academic work, which include provision of adequate facilities for heating in the classrooms and hostels; adoption of on-line teaching with e-lectures uploaded on the website of the Institute. To compensate for the time lost due to the unrest it has been decided to cancel the winter vacation and to observe a 6 day instead of the usual 5 day week. All holidays have also been cancelled.
Baseer Ahmed Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, who had been asked by the Governor to provide all required support for NIT to resume full academic functioning has taken a series of meetings and has informed the Governor that Chief Engineer EM&RE Kashmir shall make the required arrangements to provide uninterrupted power supply to NIT through a dedicated powerline.
The Raj Bhavan spokesperson recalled the Governor’s continued concern over the irreparable damage suffered by students at all levels due to the recent unrest in the Kashmir Division. He has been stressing on the crucial importance of the required steps being taken most expeditiously to compensate the loss of studies and for the pending examinations in colleges and Universities. In this context, in the past weeks Governor had taken several meetings with the Minister for Education, the Vice- Chancellors of the Kashmir based Private, State and Central Universities and NIT.