On 17 October, as the unrest that has been brewing in Kashmir entered its 101st day, aggrieved students gathered outside Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's residence demanding that schools and colleges be reopened.
"We want to study. Our exams are coming. We just want this 'Hartal' to end," said Humaira, a college student.
"We have not studied for several days, what we will do, we have not even completed our syllabus yet," said Afsha, another student.
The protesting students later met the Chief Minister and urged her to make proper arrangements for students who would be facing their final examinations.
Speaking to ANI, Mufti said, "I am quite happy that these students have put forth their concerns to me. Our government's main focus has been the welfare of children and women; we will definitely make proper arrangements. We will also provide tuitions for them so that they don't find any difficulty in appearing for exams. We are also planning to make question papers easy for these students."
She also said the 'Scooty Scheme', announced by the state government to provide subsidised vehicle to students who cannot afford transportation, would be provided to the students as early as possible.
She also assured the students that security forces manning the schools would be re-deployed once the situation comes under control in the Valley.