Public universities

Letter January 11, 2022
Public universities

KARACHI:

Back in the nineties, incidents of quarrels or fights amongst university students rarely occurred. However, nowadays we regularly hear of such incidents. In December 2019, I witnessed a fight break out at the International Islamic University between two different student movements.

It is extremely unsettling to hear news of such incidents because Pakistan is already lagging in education and literacy. Such events not only present a poor image of the state of education in the country but also discourage students from pursuing higher education.

One of the main reasons for these incidents is the absence of checks by the authorities and university administration on the activities of student societies and movements. The purpose of student societies is to encourage extra-curricular and educational activities, but often student societies at public universities become involved in political or cultural objectives. Considering that many students at public universities come from feeble financial backgrounds, they are more vulnerable to exploitation from third parties and can be maligned. Educational institutes must consider this prevailing issue and ensure that student societies are following decorum. Students should not feel threatened at universities and be offered education in a harmonious environment.

Jawad Ali

Islamabad

Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2022.

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