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Kinnaird college fees in installments | NTU students protest

Kinnaird students to pay fees in installments
Lahore, May 07, 2008: The deadlock between Kinnaird College's administration and students over recent fee continues as no relief has been provided to the students except an option to pay fees in installments.

It is learnt that a meeting between the students and the administration took place on Tuesday in which the administration refused to decrease fee on the pretext it was approved by the college's Board of Governors and the same body could withhold its decision. Students were further told the decision regarding increase in the fee could not be taken up properly in absence of Principal Dr Mira Phailbus, who is currently out of country.

Sources said the KCites had planned to stage another protest demonstration against the administration on Wednesday (today) as their demand regarding fee decrease was not accepted despite two consecutive meetings held in that connection. The students had been directed to pay the fee by 10 May.

A student, requesting anonymity, said the college management was ignoring demand of the students despite the fact the increase had been strongly opposed by the students. 'Students are not kids who could be easily tricked', she said, adding 'Instalments does not mean decrease in fee'.

Students do not want instalments, said another student adding 'Their principle stand is against fee increase'. She said it was unfortunate that the Punjab Higher Education Department was not taking any notice of the situation in order to provide relief to the students.

'How the department officials allowed so much increase in fees' questioned another student saying 'After all, education department is having representation in the KC BoG which had approved the increase'.

According to the college students fee for the BBA programme had suddenly been upped from Rs 28,800 to Rs 63,200 while increase had also been seen in fee of various other bachelor programmes.

Students have been protesting against the administration for increasing fees of various programmes including BBA a couple of weeks ago.

KCites had staged various demos inside the college chanting slogans against the decision. They had also complained about lack of facilities available for them.

KC vice principal Dr Nighat Khan could not be contacted for comments despite repeated attempts.



Kinnaird College's website suspended
Lahore: The official website of Kinnaird College for Women has been suspended temporarily due to non payment of annual dues.

KC website, www.kinnaird.edu.pk, was accessible a couple of days ago, however, it has now been suspended by the host agency as the college had failed to clear the bill by the due date.

Contrary to the official website of KC another website, www.kinnairdcollege.com, which is managed by the Old Associates of Kinnaird Society (OAKS), is still active.

However, the OAKS website also carries an interesting message "Although we try our best to provide you all the latest information regarding admissions but still we are not directly or indirectly related to Kinnaird College Lahore. This website is so far a public service by OAKS and can be termed as OAKS website and should not be confused with Kinnaird College's official website which you can find at this URL www.kinnaird.edu.pk".

It is pertinent to mention here that in January 2008 The News had carried a news item regarding non-updated official website of Kinnaird College in which it was reported that the college website had not been updated since 2005.

A number of KCites criticized the administration for not paying any attention towards the college's website. They said websites of educational institutions were of great importance for people especially for students as they could keep themselves updated and informed about whatever was happening in their college or university. A student said websites of other educational institutions including Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Government College University (GCU) and the Punjab University (PU) etc were regularly updated but same was not the case with KC. "Students of these institutes are certainly lucky than KCites", she added.Another student said the college administration had recently increased the fee of various programmes over which students were protesting adding it was unfortunate that the authorities were not paying attention towards facilities. "Yes, college website is one of the facilities as students could get their results and other necessary information from it with a simple click", she added.

Sajjad Khalid, a representative of the agency which had hosted the KC website, said the website was suspended as the college authorities failed to clear the dues till the due date.

"The administration was duly informed through an email and through an invoice too", he said adding "The annual charges were only $ 96 which are yet to be paid". KC principal Prof Dr Mira Phailbus is out of country these days. However vice principal (VP) Dr Nighat Khan could not be contacted for comments despite repeated attempts. When called on her (VP) office number, an official Arfa said "Dr Nighat could not be reached as she is busy in taking classes and attending meetings as well". The News

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NTU students' burning zeal for PEC recognition
Faisalabad: Scores of students of the National Textile University on Tuesday threw traffic out of gear on Sheikhupura Road to press the administration for acceptance of their demands.

Chief among the demands is the NTU's accreditation with the Pakistan Engineering Council. The PEC acceptance is highly important for the NTU students to have recognition of their degrees in the job market.

Students from different departments, carrying placards and banners, blocked traffic on the Sheikhupura Road for one and-a-half hours and chanted slogans against the institute administration. They demanded expulsion of the All-Pakistan Textile Mills Association, the organising body of the NTU, from the institute. The students dispersed before the police reached the spot.

Earlier, they had staged demonstrations outside the press club and the university campus.

The students have been protesting since April 2 the NTU administration's failure to get the varsity accredited with the PEC despite repeated requests. They said the vice-chancellor and his team were trying to suppress the students' movement, resolving to go ahead with the road protests "if our legitimate demands are not accepted by the administration."

Sources said the Students Action Committee also dispatched a letter to the VC with a request to consider the case instead of prevaricating on the issue. They said the National University of Science & Technology (NUST) kept its students updated regarding the process of accreditation with the PEC through its website, which also showed transparency and sincere efforts towards the cause of the students. Dawn
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