Srinagar, Feb 23: Kashmiris students studying outside states on Friday said that the initiative taken by the Jammu and Kashmir government to reach out to the students is a welcoming step but such steps should continue in the future as well.
The students expressed gratitude to Rural Development Minister, Abdul Haq Khan for meeting the students at Chattisgarh, Punjab and others colleges giving patient hearing to their pleas. “It is a student-friendly initiative. We are thankful to the state government for taking such measures to ensure safety and security of Kashmiri students studying outside,” the student studying outside JK said.
They said that it has been seen in the past that the government after taking any initiative don’t pursue it. “We demand authorities to continue meeting the students and hear their grievances once in three month so that the students would feel secure in other states,” they said.
Earlier, on the directions of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Minister for Rural Development Panchayat Raj, Law and Justice, Abdul Haq Khan met J&K students in Chandigarh University and other colleges to get the firsthand account of the issues being faced by the students outside their state.
The Minister was accompanied by Pro-Chancellor of the Chandigarh University Prof B.S Sohi, Mission Director JKSRLM, Bakshi Javed Hamayun, Additional Mission Director Kapil Sharma and other senior officers of the state government and Chandigarh Government besides the officials of the University.
The Minister had said that during interactions with students in various states he came to know that the students are the primary sufferers of the negative image being portrayed of J&K by blowing minor issues out of proportion and that students need to act ambassadors of peace in the respective states they are studying.
He had said that the safety and security of the students studying outside the state as the prime responsibility of the government. (KNS)