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Over 350 stranded Ladakh students appeal for evacuation from Kashmir

Srinagar, April 29: Fearing for their safety, more than 350 students from Ladakh have appealed to the administration for early evacuation from Kashmir.

Around 37 students from Ladakh are stuck in the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar since March 18. The campus has been designated as a makeshift quarantine center.


 “Since March 18, we have been requesting Ladakh UT government as well as Srinagar district administration to evacuate us but to no avail,” said Liyaqat, who is pursuing M.Tech in machine system designing.

He said that NIT has been recently turned into a quarantine center and COVID contacts are kept in NIT hostels. “Our hostel is near the quarantine center and we fear that we may contract the infection. We do not move out of our rooms. There is a lot of anxiety among us,” he said.

Liyaqat added that they have made a list of 350 Ladakhi students stuck in different educational institutions. “There are students in GMC, Nursing College, SP College, Bemina Degree College, Kashmir University, and SKUAST,” he said.

Ambreen, who is pursuing B.Tech in civil engineering at NIT, said they are mentally disturbed.  “They fear to report any medical condition because the health center is close to the isolation wards. We do not move out of our rooms as there is a lot of fear of getting infected,” she said

Tsering Dolkar, who is pursuing M.Sc agriculture in SKUAST, said they want to go home though they have been provided better facilities. “We are around 14 girls and 10 boys in the Wadora campus of SKUAST. University has provided us better facilities but we want to go home. We have appealed Ladakh UT administration for our evacuation but they did not respond,” he said

An official of NIT said the Ladakh UT administration has not responded to the repeated calls made by the students as well as the institution. “There is a lot of fear among these students. They are confined to their hostel rooms,” he said.

Divisional commissioner, Ladakh, Saugat Biswas, said till May 3 inter-district and inter-state movement are prohibited. “We cannot allow any movement till May 3. Our liaison officers are in constant touch with the students and the local administration. Students can contact our liaison officers for the redressal of their grievances,” he said.

Biswas noted that they will get the students back to Ladakh as soon as the lockdown eases out.