Itanagar: Students of National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Arunachal Pradesh are protesting over the non-availability of a permanent main campus and lack of basic facilities in the institute.
Boycotting classes since Tuesday, second-year B Tech students staged a sit-in protest at the NIT Pragati boys’ hostel on Wednesday. “We need a permanent campus within three months or else we will intensify our protest,” said a student of NIT.
“If not a permanent campus, then practical classes in some other institute will also do,” the student said, adding: “Without practical classes, how would we become good engineers and what would happen to our future?” another student questioned.
“The laboratories in the college are not functional and we do not have a proper library,” a student said, adding, “While lab sessions are important for our studies, we are yet to set our foot in one till now.”
The NIT has been functioning from its temporary campus at Yupia since its establishment in 2010, with the main campus at Jote still being under construction. The students alleged that they had to “bear the brunt” as the campus at Yupia also lacks basic facilities.
When contacted, chief warden and dean of academics Rajen Pudur said, “The demand of the students to shift to the permanent campus is justified.”
“There is a lack of funds because the funds for NIT came to a halt when the previous director left the institution. Once we receive the funds, the construction works will resume,” added Pudur.