Communication blockade during agitation made many NIT students ‘jobless’

Asiya Tabasum

Srinagar: Valley-based students of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar said that they have missed a number of job opportunities due to continuous communication blockade during the agitation while as Jammu-based NIT students were “kept well aware of the job opportunities”.

“The interviews were held in Delhi and other parts of India in August and September. But how could we come to know about it without internet and mobile services. We have missed a number of job opportunities. We are made jobless even before attaining one,” Musaib Mohiddin, a 7th semester student at NIT Srinagar, told Kashmir Narrator.

Another student said that due to the prevailing unrest in the state no outside company came to NIT this year and they held interviews outside state.

“I had no knowledge of interviews when and where they were conducted in Delhi, but even if I had known the details, my parents would not have allowed me to take a risk to go outside while the Valley was burning,” the student said, adding that one of his friends was bullied by some Jammu-based students when he went to face an interview in Delhi.

“He came back and didn’t attempt to venture outside the Valley during agitation,” he added.

Some Kashmiri students, however, managed to appear in interviews.

“We had no Internet facilities here but somehow we managed to appear in an interview in Delhi”, Raza Ahmad, a student from Department of Electrical Engineering said.

“Most of the Kashmiri students were not aware of the interview. Out of approximately 20 Kashmiri students from our department only two or three attended the placement drive and maximum students failed to find any placement”, he added.

Jammu-based NIT students were notified via emails and social networking sites to reach Delhi and attend interviews, a Jammu-based NIT student said.

“I live in Jammu and I was notified to attend a placement drive in Delhi so I went there for my interview. I encountered very few students from Kashmir there”, said Rafiya, a chemical engineering student, told Kashmir Narrator over phone.

Meanwhile the Head of the Department of placements and trainings J.A.Naqash said  that every student of the institution does not get placement.

“We were not supposed to go to every student and inform them about the interviews,” he told Kashmir Narrator, adding, “I have many instances where Kashmiri students have faced the interviews,”

“We arranged interviews for students who were 2016 (graduates) from Sopore, Bandipora, Poonch, Rajouri they also faced the same Internet ban problem. We ensured that they appear in the interview” Naqash said.

“We had no other possible way to convey them. We even informed the CRC’s  (Campus Recruitment Coordinators) who in turn inform the other students.”

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