|41 QAU students detained for protesting against fee hike|
The top-ranked university kept its door shut for 16 days after scores of students raised voice against a 10 percent swell in fee and the campus re-opened for teaching and other academic activities on Friday following a settlement between the university administration and the protesting students that the fee would not be increased.
The issue of students detained during earlier clashes remained unsolved for which the university’s syndicate devised a three-member committee to review the sentences given to the students.
At the beginning of October, students started protest for better facilities in the hostel and for the cancellation of the recent hike in fees. At that time, a heavy contingent of police arrived to control the unrest, firing tear-gas shells to disperse furious students.
The severity of the clashes could be gauged from the fact that authorities called in Rangers to maintain law and order situation.
It bears mentioning that Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU)was ranked among the top 500 universities in the world, according to the rankings issued by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in September.