Urdu University fails to facilitate students
ISLAMABAD, Aug 27: Students of the
Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, Islamabad, are
suffering from inadequate facilities and poor management.
official said that over 2,200 students were currently enrolled in
Electrical Engineering, Computer Sciences, Economics, Business Administration,
Statistics, Social Sciences, Environmental Studies and other disciplines. He
said the university had failed to provide its students with the required
He said the university did not provide transport facilities
for students coming from Rawalpindi. "The students had submitted a collective
application seeking transport with the vice chancellor's (VC) office almost two
years ago but no action has yet been taken in this regard," he said.
university does not consider it necessary to provide students with transport,"
he quoted VC Syed Iqbal Mohsin as saying. He said the university held classes in
three shifts with the last shift closing at 8:00 pm, adding that the students
who went home at night had to suffer because public transport was not frequent
The university has five storeys. The official said two floors
with 54 classrooms were reserved for classes while the administrative, faculty
members and VC offices cover the remaining three floors. He said classes were
not held properly because of lack of classrooms. An official at the Physics
Department said the labs were not well equipped. "No one is ready to take
responsibility to resolve the problems as no permanent VC has been appointed in
the last six months," he said.
The students complained of hardships in
finding residence as the university had no hostel. A female student said, "I am
living in the Fatima Jinnah University Hostel because my university has no
The students complained of noise from at least 50 auto workshops
set up around the university. They said they had to park their cars on the road
because of inadequate parking space and that sometimes their cars were damaged.
University Administration Officer Saeedullah Shah agreed that the students were
facing problems and said the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had not released
due funds to the university. He said the HEC had asked the university to resolve
the problems on its own.
"These problems would not have surfaced had the
university accepted the 85 flats offered by the Capital Development Authority
(CDA) to set up its campus," he added. He said the flats could have been
purchased at a reasonable price. "Now we are paying Rs 20 million rent of the
present building and still the students are facing problems," he added. He said
the university had to conduct classes in three shifts because of lack of
classrooms. He said facilities like hostels could only be arranged if the
university had its own building. Daily times
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