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After centre’s approved deployment reaches Kashmir valley, and a never-ending thread of administrative orders make their way into the public domain—Kashmir and Kashmiris are left alone in the Valley to shiver with speculation.

While the population of more than a crore is left with mere speculations and calculations on their own, the students—locals and non-locals—and their education are falling on its face, yet again.

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Earlier, The Kashmir Walla reported the communal turmoil in the aftermath of 14 February Pulwama attack, which killed at least forty paramilitary personnel, wherein Kashmiri citizens across the country, especially students, were physically targeted. 

Today, when Kashmir is on edge again, the students, who are studying in the Valley’s educational institutions find themselves with orders to leave the campus and return home. The Kashmir Walla spoke to several students, who are currently studying in different institutes across the Valley, to get an insight into how they are putting up in these situations.

The management of Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora, asked its students and hoteliers to vacate the campus, while postponed the exams scheduled next week. “Our hostel warden told us to leave the hostel due to the ongoing situation in the Valley,” said Danisha Jan, 24, who is currently pursuing a masters program. “We were asked to leave as soon as possible. They even canceled all the exams up to 9 August. We are scared.”

Another IUST student, Shaheena Jan, a resident of south Kashmir’s Anantnag, who is currently pursuing post-graduation in journalism, wasn’t willing to leave the hostel. “I was preparing for my exams and I wanted to complete my degree on time,” she said. “We don’t understand what is going on in the Valley. It seems like an emergency has been declared.” 

Similar directions to leave the hostel were given to the students of the Gandhi College, Srinagar. “We all know something big is going to happen in the state,” said Imaad Bhat, 20, a commerce scholar. “Our family members were also concerned. We are confused because of the developments in the state.”

Meanwhile, the hostel in-charge of the IUST, Dr. Ameen Butt refuted students’ claims. “We didn’t issue any order about the hostels,” he said. “We arranged buses for the students to leave over their demand. Following the move, we canceled the exams.”

Hastiness took over the National Institute of Science (NIT), Srinagar. A student, who is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Technology, said on anonymity, “Since yesterday morning the management is busy in evacuating the non-local students and almost every student has left from the college.” Adding to it, he said, “After their departure, the army took over the campus since yesterday evening.”

Faiq Nabi, 19, who is currently pursuing B. Com from Amar Singh College, Srinagar, said, “Instead of a gate-keeper, there was an army man standing who didn’t allow me to enter the campus. I had to go to the library but I was stopped at the front gate.”

The Central University of Kashmir also asked the students residing in hostels to vacate, and also postponed the scheduled exams. In an order issued, it read: “It’s notified for the information of all the students who are residing in the respective hostels to vacate from the hostel and it’s hereby further notified that the exams shall be postponed until further orders.”

Additional reporting by Quratulain Rehbar and Kaiser Andrabi.