QAU reopens after protesting students, administration come to agreement

Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) reopened its doors Friday morning following a settlement between representatives of the protesting students, university officials, and district administration.
Though large number of students and faculty reached the university on Friday, university administration said teaching and other academic activities at the institution, however, will resume Monday. Students seeking fresh admission in the university were also visiting different departments.
QAU had been closed since October 4 — approximately 16 days — when its students launched a demonstration to voice their protest against a 10 percent addition to the fees.
As the protests began, the students had blocked the university’s main road and refused to allow buses to ply on the campus.
The university issued a notification Thursday night saying it has retracted its decision to make a 10 percent upward revision in the fees, its vice-chancellor disclosed, adding that the students have concluded their protest.
“The talks between protesting students and university administration have been successful, culminating in the university reopening its gates on Friday,” Captain (retd.) Mushtaq Ahmad, Deputy Commissioner, Islamabad, commented.
Meanwhile, A Syndicate meeting of the Quaid-i-Azam University was held here on Friday under the chairmanship of QAU, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Javed Ashraf. The meeting discussed in detail the current situation on the campus following recent student agitation.
The Syndicate unanimously upheld the recent decisions of the University Disciplinary Committee (UDC) in which a number of students were expelled, rusticated, and fined for the violent conflict which occurred between two groups of students on May 20, 2017. A three-member committee has been constituted to review procedures adopted by the UDC to determine the punishments awarded to students.—APP

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