AP, Telangana govts arrange for Telugu students of NIT Srinagar to return home

Though the Srinagar district collector tweeted that NIT closure was a "miscommunication," buses were arranged to ferry the students back to Hyderabad.
AP, Telangana govts arrange for Telugu students of NIT Srinagar to return home
AP, Telangana govts arrange for Telugu students of NIT Srinagar to return home
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About 135 students of the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, belonging to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are returning home with the governments of both the Telugu states making necessary travel arrangements for them. However, the Srinagar district collector disputed NIT claim that the order to close the institute came from them.

The students were stuck in Srinagar on Saturday after authorities announced that classes at NIT would be suspended indefinitely till further orders in view of the security alert in Jammu and Kashmir.The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president KT Rama Rao tweeted that the Telugu students have reached Jammu and the government was arranging train tickets for them to return to Hyderabad.

The students were asked to return to their native places immediately due to security reasons. The NIT authorities have arranged four buses for them up to Jammu.

According to a statement from Andhra Pradesh government, three buses have been arranged to bring the students to New Delhi from Jammu.

Rama Rao, a former minister in Telangana, had earlier tweeted that he had been receiving some anxious messages from Telugu students of NIT, Srinagar as the government of India has asked for the campus to be vacated and asked students to leave immediately.

The officials of both the Telugu states in New Delhi were in touch with the students and making arrangements for travel to their native places.

Telangana government said any student/parent seeking assistance may contact Resident Commissioner Vedantam Giri at 011-23382041 or on his mobile +91 99682 99337 at Telangana Bhavan, New Delhi.

The students from Andhra Pradesh may contact P Ravi Shanker OSD, AP Bhavan on his mobile at +91 9871999055.

Necessary accommodation and food arrangements have been made for the students in AP Bhavan, New Delhi.

“More than us, our parents back home are panicking. There is no reason to worry as all 130 students are safe and would be reaching home soon,” said Jayanth, a second-year mechanical engineering student told ToI.

Adnan Qayyum, dean, students welfare, NIT Srinagar told TNIE, "We are in touch with the students and to ensure their safety, a couple of faculty members are accompanying them on the bus till Jammu. Outstation students were ferried in the buses provided by the state government. From Jammu, their respective state governments have made travel arrangements." The official, however, said he was not aware as to why the students were evacuated, and there is no clarity on when the classes would resume either.

ToI reported the NIT director as saying that classes were suspended in accordance with the instructions received from the district administration. However, district collector Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary tweeted out saying no instructions were given to shut the institute. “In wake of unstoppable rumours, heads of all institutions were advised in the day to remain careful. No advise/ instructions for shutting down any institution. This NIT notice is apparently a miscommunication," Choudhary tweeted.

(With IANS inputs)

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