Thursday, January 15, 2015

University students facing insecurity

ISLAMABAD: "until the last minute, National University of Modern Languages (numl) held confirmed that the University will reopen on Monday.

So I traveled from Lahore to Islamabad with my children on Sunday mornings.

The minute I arrived, I discovered that the winter holidays had extended 10 days, "a teacher said numl.

She complained that numl students and faculty were kept in a state of uncertainty.

"At least the university should have given this decision known on Saturday night," she said.

The sudden announcement extended winter vacation at the National University of Modern Languages, National University of Science and Technology (Nüst) and the Quaid-i-Azam University (OAU) has caused difficulties students and faculty.

The numl Sunday and Nüst extended winter vacation in January 9th cited security concerns as the reason.

Other universities, including the University of Bahria, FAST, Federal Urdu University of Science and Technology, and the International Islamic University had already announced an extension of their winter vacation.

The students of the Quaid-i-Azam University found itself more difficult when the university was suddenly closed indefinitely.

Not knowing if the university would students from out of town who could live in hostels decide to return to their homes or stay open in Islamabad. "I do not understand why the university did not announce a date when it would reopen.

"I want to go home, but I can not because I do not know if the university can resume," said Abdul Ghani, a student of the Department of Economy, which is Mirpurkhas, Sindh.

Another student, Qudratullah, which is in Quetta, the connected hundreds of students in remote areas with uncertainty.

"We have no problems with the closure of the university, but we should re-opening date," said Masters student Javaid Malik, who hails from Hyderabad.

In an interview with the dawn, a spokesman said the OAU University Monday or Tuesday to decide.

"After the closure of the university, most of the borders had gone home, but they are of Sindh and Balochistan still stay in the hostels.

"I hope things will become clearer in the next two days," he said.