UET Students Call Off Protests After New VC Accepts Demands

Students of the University of Engineering and Technology(UET), Taxila Campus, have called off their protest and agreed to take examinations after successful talks with the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor (VC).

UET Texila is among the most prestigious engineering varsities of the country but had been deprived of a VC for more than a year. This led to an administrative crisis at the university and attracted protests from the students but fell on deaf ears.

Things could not settle ideally in the meantime and got worse when two students committed suicides in quick succession at the hostels, and there were no medical facilities available for immediate treatment.

The incident caused an uproar on social media, and #UETTexilaPoorAdministration became a leading trend on Twitter.

Students there condemned not only the lack of facilities and poor administration but also highlighted the sanitation, institutional politics, and nepotism in the university.

The protest spread to a broader scale last week as students refused to take the semester examination unless a new and competent VC was installed.

The seat had been vacant since the previous vice-chancellor Dr. Niaz Ahmad Akhtar was appointed as the VC of the University of Punjab last year.

Report of the students’ protest reached the federal cabinet, and Dr. Inayatullah Babar was appointed as the new VC for the varsity on Monday.

The new VC held a successful dialogue with the students on Tuesday and accepted all their rightful demands with a written guarantee. Subsequently, students called off the strike and agreed to sit in the examinations starting this Thursday.



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