Lahore police recorded the cases of 500 students after their protests turned violent outside Central Punjab University on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, more than 300 students protesting against the physical exam clashed with police and UCP security outside the campus.
According to the Information Secretary for the Progressive Student Group, Salman Sikander, at 14.00, the students were invited to meet with the university management.
The university security forces closed the main gates around noon. The students didn’t understand what was going on. Then they opened the gate and we saw an army of guards coming out to load the students. Some even threw stones at students, while others threw sticks. Sikander said the students responded to the attack
On the other hand, UCP officials said students were not allowed to enter the university which caused them to lose their cool, breaking down the main campus gates and throwing stones at guards. Many students were injured in the attack and taken to Gina Hospital.
Student protests in Pakistan
Students from Pakistan took to the streets to protest the university’s decision on physical exams for the fall semester 2020-2021.
They insist that their exams be taken online because their classes are online throughout the semester. “The quality of our classes are unpleasant because the training management system wasn’t working properly ”, complained one protester.
Students request that exams be taken online or universities postpone final exams.
“Time duration before exams should be of two months”, they said, adding that otherwise they would continue their protests.
#StudentsWantOnlineExams started growing on Twitter.
Protests also broke out in other parts of the country such as Bahawalpur, Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan. As a result, a number of variations such as the University of Management and Technology and the University of Peshawar overturned their decision and postponed the exam.
Earlier, university officials said that since the government opened its university entrances on February 1, they could also take exams on campus.
Earlier this week, Federal Education Minister Shafkat Mahmoud said the higher education commission would consult various institutions on the matter, but that the final decision was up to management.
HEC does not have power over university academic decisions, Punjab Higher Education Minister Raja Yasir told SAMAA television. “HEC only advises you if you consult with the authorities.”
He condemned the actions taken by the students. “That way everyone will take to the streets and blackmail the authorities into making decisions in their favor.”
Yasir added that universities need to talk to their students and make decisions that are acceptable to students and management.