Nearly 200 students of the University of Agriculture Faisalabad on Friday staged a demonstration against proceedings initiated by the university for their expulsion.
The students gathered at Jail Road and blocked it for traffic.
Talking to newsmen, Abu Bakar Amin, Nauman Gujjar and Usama Gulshad said they had protested against the UAF administration two months ago over arbitrary enhancement in fees and allocating two boys’ hostels for girls.
They said the administration had told male students to vacate the hostels. They were promised residential facilities at Kissan Hall.
They said the university management had not honoured the promise.
“When we protested again, a committee negotiated with us in the presence of Shafi Khan, a representative of District Coordination Officer Noorul Amin Mengal,” they said.
They said they were assured that their complaints would be addressed.
“However, instead of solving our issues, they have initiated expulsion proceedings against us,” they said.
The protesters burnt old tyres on Jail Road and chanted slogans against the university administration.
On receipt of information, UAF Students Affairs Dean Muhammad Younus reached the scene and assured them that the university would not expel them.
On their part, students assured him that they would not protest against the university and disrupt academic activities on campus.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 13th, 2014.