SM College closed after clashes

Karachi, May 3(The News): The Sindh Muslim Law College has been closed for an indefinite period after clashes broke out in the institution, Principal SM College Khursheed Hashmi confirmed on Wednesday.

Fighting erupted when the principal of the college refused to curtail tuition fees as demanded by one of the students group. The students of the college demonstrated, broke windowpanes and hurled stones at the college building.

They maltreated the teachers and other staff members of the institution.

The principal said that as a matter of fact the institution did not get any grant from any quarter neither from provincial government nor for from the city government.

All the expenses including salaries of the teachers were paid through these tuition fees, which could not be reduced, he argued.

The students burnt tyres and threatened the teaching the staff of dire consequences. The

college charges Rs11,000, Rs12,000 and Rs13,000 as tuition fees in first, second and third year respectively. Keeping in view the critical situation, the principal has closed the college for an indefinite period.

Meanwhile, a press release of students' action committee said that students put off protest and sit-in on the condition that the tuition fees be reduced and the college be opened from Thursday (today).

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