Students protest against Hajvery University, block The Mall
Lahore, June 08: A large number of students of the Hajvery University on Monday blocked The Mall for over two hours in front of the Governor’s House and protested against the varsity administration.

Students held posters and banners that contained slogans against the varsity administration and demanded that their futures be secured. The protesting students refused to cooperate with police officials and blocked The Mall from 11am until 1pm and demanded that Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer take notice of the issue.

One of the students, seeking anonymity, said the varsity administration had given them admissions in engineering four years ago, but after the four years were completed, the students were being awarded degrees of BS honours.

“We paid large amounts in dues to study engineering, but the administration is not giving us engineering degrees,” he said, adding that the students had learned that the Pakistan Engineering Council did not accept their degrees, as they did not fulfill the requirements of the PEC.

Another protester said that students would not sit in their classes until the government acted against the varsity administration, adding that without the engineering degree, students would be hard pressed to find jobs.

“The labs and faculty at the varsity are not up to requirements, which is why the PEC was not approving their degrees, which is not fair to the students,” he said. The administration of the Hajvery University was not available for comment despite repeated attempts to contact them. Separately, insiders said that the administration was avoiding contact with the media due to the protests, adding that Hajvery University Chairman Sheikh Atif Mahtaq had opted to travel abroad as soon as the students started their protest against the varsity. Daily times

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