Students at various public-sector universities have bitterly complained about the law and order situation in Karachi that is affecting their education and driving them towards despondency and a sense of purposelessness. So, Students Fed up With Karachi Violence. In absence of any notification from the University of Karachi (KU) or other universities, students were left in a peculiar situation on Friday. They knew that the university was open but the absence of public transport or the points of the KU stopped them from coming to the university. Some students who managed to come to their alma mater were greeted by empty classrooms sans teachers.
Sundus Saba and Kamal Ahmed were two such students who found that their cumbersome sojourn to the university, after all, was in vain. “Look, sir, we are here after facing many difficulties and the uncanny situation on the city roads only to find that our struggle has gone down the drain. We have five days in a week for studies that too are hardly implemented. Now we are studying for only three or four days. How can we cope with our studies, with our credit hours? It seems the university and the teachers and staff are least interested in the academic pursuit of the university. They (KU) have increased the tuition fee but do not try to bring some sort of sanity in the university,” bitterness was evident from Saba, a BS third-year student in the Science Faculty.
Students Fed up With Karachi Violence
Some students lounging in the Arts Lobby were furious at the government and the university administration. I asked them why were they angry at the KU administration. “Why?” a young student from the English Department spoke indignantly. “They (KU) do not have a clear policy to deal with these situations. They should announce that the university was closed or open and make adequate arrangements for transport. The university is found lacking on this point. We are least concerned that the governor did or did not announce the closure. The university must have some independence to manage its own affairs, decently,” anger was evident in her voice. Other students nod their assent.
Former Dean Faculty of Arts Dr. Muhammad Shamsuddin and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mass Communications were present in the department and agreed that the students were rightly indignant and there should be some planning to deal with such situations. “We should try to avoid academic loss like this”.
NED University of Engineering & Technology and Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) had the same problem and the students more or less voiced their concern at the wastage of their academic year in such away. In the meantime attendance in the schools and colleges was minimal as the fear; uncertainty compounded by the absence of public transport compelled the students to remain indoors.