Srinagar/New Delhi: With peace returning to NIT Srinagar, examinations were held at the institute on Monday as per the schedule, but over 1000 outstation students skipped it, deciding to avail of the opportunity of taking the test later.
It is learnt that over 1000 outstation students of the NIT, which has the total student strength of over 2500, have decided to leave in the wake of recent row.
"Already around 500 students have left the campus (in Srinagar) while another 500 students have also decided to leave," a source said.
However, a substantial number of non-local students have stayed back to take the exams, he said.
The Board of Governors of NIT Srinagar held a meeting in Srinagar during which it was decided that attempts be made to restore normalcy at the earliest and academic activity be brought back on track, official sources said.
The meeting was told that some outstation students had appeared for examinations held today and that students from outside who could not write their papers would be appearing at a later date.
It was suggested that the faculty members should regularly interact with outstation students and also ensure a bonhomie between local and non-local students.
Meanwhile, police thwarted a bid by three men from Delhi to enter the NIT for hoisting the national flag at the campus which has been witnessing clashes and tension since 1 April.
The situation on campus was peaceful with no untoward incident taking place, said an NIT official.
"The examinations started as per schedule with all local students and some outstation students appearing in today's papers," the official said in Srinagar.
Outstation students, who did not appear in the examinations today have been given the option by HRD ministry to write them at a later date.
The Board of Governors of NIT Srinagar also met on Monday to discuss various issues about the institute.
"Among other issues, the demand of students that their marksheets be externally evaluated has also been there. Some more consultations can be held and feedback taken in this regard and a policy decision may be taken," a senior official said.
During the day, three men from Delhi tried to enter the NIT campus for hoisting the national flag.
They were part of a group of about 150 people from Delhi who were intending to go to NIT but were detained in Jammu on Sunday.
The three, who had given a slip to police and reached Srinagar, were detained just outside the main gate of the institute as they pulled out the national flag and tried to enter the campus, a police official said.
He said one of the detained person has been identified as Tejinder Singh Bagga.