PU Plant Pathology Students Hold Demo
LAHORE, Punjab University Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology students on Monday held a demonstration and staged a sit-in in front of the vice-chancellor’s office for over an hour to register their protest against varsity administration’s failure in getting the institute degree accredited from the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The protesters carrying banners demanded that their degrees should be granted equivalence because the agriculture department was not accepting the IMPP degrees.
When the students began their protest, the vice-chancellor along with senior officials, including controller of examinations and RO-I, approached the students near their institute and asked them to discuss the matter. However, the protesters did not agree saying that they had been trying to meet the vice-chancellor for the last many days but they were denied audience. The protesters marched from the institute to the vice-chancellor’s office and observed a sit-in there for over an hour.
Finally, a delegation of four students – Muhammad Adnan Saeed, Muhammad Javed Iqbal, Muhammad Tariq Manzoor and Waheed Anwar – met the VC and conveyed to him that the institute graduates were running from pillar to post to get jobs but the Punjab Public Service Commission had refused to recognise the mycology and plant pathology degrees.
They also demanded that the institute’s expelled students should be reinstated.
During the meeting, the VC announced constitution of a committee comprising senior varsity faculty members and representatives of IMPP students to finalize its recommendations for an amicable solution to students’ problems.
Prof Kamran told the students’ delegation that the varsity administration had already hired the services of qualified and experienced agrarian experts for imparting Higher Education Commission recognized syllabi comprising basic agri-courses to IMPP students.
In order to make up for the academic deficiency of students who had already qualified from the Institute, the VC said required courses were currently being taught free of cost.
The VC told the delegation that a team from HEC’s National Accreditation Council for Agriculture Education, after visiting the IMPP, had already recommended inclusion of the institute in ‘X’ category and a formal intimation to this effect was likely to be received soon.
The VC said he had also spoken to the Vice-Chancellor of Agriculture University, Faisalabad, who had promised to extend full cooperation for the resolution of the IMPP students’ problem.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry, Faculty of Life Sciences dean Prof Dr Shahida Hasnain, Student Affairs Adviser Iftikhar Ahmad Chaudhry, Controller of Examinations Dr Zahid Karim Khan, Resident Officers-I Javed Sami and RO-II Malik Muhammad Zaheer were present in the meeting.