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Students oppose establishment of university at Islamia College

Students oppose Islamia university status
Peshawar, Aug 29, 2008: Students of Islamia College of Peshawar have said that establishment of the Islamia College University in the same building would create problems for them.

Speaking at a news conference here on Thursday, Irshad Ahmad Afridi, nazim Islami Jamiat-e-Talba Islamia Colleges, along with others, said the step would also create adverse effects on the academic environment in the college.

Referring to the Islamia College University of Peshawar Ordinance 2008, he said that Article 2 of the said ordinance mentions a separate status than the university for Islamia College for Boys, Islamia College for Girls and Islamia Collegiate School.

However, he said, in a meeting held a few days back, it was decided that 16 new departments of the proposed university would be established in Islamia College for Boys which would prove an extra burden on the resources of this historical institution.

He said the existing building of the Islamia College was not sufficient for the college students, then how could it accommodate students of the proposed university. Further, only 35 percent students of Islamia College were given hostel facility due to shortage of rooms.

He said that the Higher Education Commission had stopped releasing funds for the proposed Islamia College University. Hence, the expenditures for running the university would be drawn from the college funds which was an extra burden on the college.

They demanded of the NWFP governor and the provincial government to shelve the plan to save the future of the Islamia College as the institution could not afford a parasite (Islamia College University). Daily Times

IJT to launch 'Save Islamia College Movement'
Peshawar: Expressing concern over up-gradation of the historic Islamia College into a university, Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) has announced to launch "Save Islamia College Movement."

Addressing a news conference here Thursday, IJT nazim at the college Irshad Ahmad Afridi said the college building was already not catering to the needs of students and instead of constructing new blocks, 16 departments of the new university were established in the building, which would create serious problems for students.

Irshad said the Higher Education Commission had frozen the funds allocated for the university and the government had no funds to run its affairs. He alleged the university was using the college funds. He criticised the initiation of co-education, which he said, would tarnish the college identity.

The nazim said the cold-shoulder response from the administration forced them to launch the movement. "We would take the students and teachers into confidence and then launch the movement," the nazim added. The organisation would hold protest demonstrations in front of the press club, provincial assembly building, Frontier House and Governor House. He demanded of the government to provide a separate building to the newly established university. The News

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