PESHAWAR: A number of students of University of Peshawar under the umbrella of Mutahida Talba Mahaz (MTM) on Friday staged a protest demonstration against administration of varsity for increasing fees of admissions.
Infuriated protestors of UoP carried out placards and banners inscribed with anti-varsity administration slogans for making unexpected increase in admissions fee which has affected poor students. The demonstrators gathered in front of Peshawar press club and lashed out varsity’s administration for backtracking its pledge from earlier decision.
Chairman MTM Bilal Khan, General Secretary Sohail Mabood, Awal Sher, Baryal Khan and others led the demonstration and spoke on the occasion. They referring an erstwhile sit-in staged some six months back by MTM members against increase in fee said that the then provincial minister for education and varsity administration had agreed to accept their demands but in vain.
UoP administration had said to enhance 10 per cent fee on annual basis but ironically it did 20 per cent increase this time which is tantamount to close doors of education for students, they regretted. About the increase in admissions fee, they added they strongly reject it and will resist against the decision of the administration.
Sharing a number of other problems being faced by students, MTM office bearers informed that UoP administration while hiding its corruptions has handed over a list of 25 students to police personnel for lodging first information reports (FIRs) against them. The act is coercing students to divert their attention from education to other anti-society activities, they stated.
The unjustified and unlawful closure of hostels for students has also created several problems for them as most among them come from way off areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), they said and adding it also suffers the study of students for exams.
Provost of UoP according to MTM leaders was involved in massive corruption in construction work under in varsity and that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is mum over irregularities, they revealed. They announced they would access Peshawar high court if their genuine demands were not met by varsity administration.