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QAU students forced to leave university hostels

ISLAMABAD, Aug 3: The administration of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has made life miserable for over 3,000 students by cutting off their water and power supply and forcing them to leave for their hometowns.

Talking to us, the students said that there were eight hostels of QAU but no one was serving meals for the last seven months.

"The university administration is charging us hostel fee but providing with no facility forcing us to dine out at kiosks to the risk of our health," they said.

QAU boarders, including MSc and PhD students from all the four provinces and Azad Jammu and Kashmir said that they could not go to their homes, as they had to carry out their research work and studies.

They said that there was no one on the campus to listen to their complaints.

They said that for the last seven months none of the hostels were being run properly. "There was only one hostel canteen, which the administration has closed due to unknown reasons," said the students.

They said that the administration was providing them unsafe drinking water despite their frequent complaints. "Water filters have expired and contaminated water supply is infecting students with hepatitis," they said.

There was only one study room, which was also closed by the administration, they complained.

The students said they had endured this summer without fans. They said instead of providing them with proper environment required for research and studies the administration was bent on teasing them.

The QAU vice chancellor (VC) made claims of facilities to the on campus students but he has taken no practical measure in this regard, they said.

They said that students were without Internet facility required for research work though the VC had made a promise to them in this regard.

They claimed that due to poor facilities at the campus the university secured 2nd position as far as research papers were concerned. They said that earlier the university was on top of the list.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) has provided huge funds for the welfare of the students but the QAU management is using these funds for its own interests, said the students.

They said that one seat was reserved in the university syndicate for their representative but no student was allowed to attend its meetings.

"We will go to the Supreme Court to secure our rights," they said.

They said that there were over 3,000 students residing in the hostels but they were at the mercy of QAU staff.

The students said that the staff's non-cooperative attitude compelled them on Wednesday night to stage a protest demonstration in front of the VC's house.

They said that water supply and electricity were disconnected at night and the management, which asked them to leave the hostel, closed their hostel. "There is no rule to send those students home who are busy in their research work," they said, adding, the university had charged hostel fee from them and was now refusing them lodging facility during the summer vacations.

When contacted QAU Spokesman Nazir Hussain, he said that as the university was closed he could not make any comment. However, he confirmed the student's protest demonstration. Daily times
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