Since the Coronavirus outbreak and subsequent closure of universities, students all over Pakistan have been demanding semester fees to be waived off as regular classes are suspended along with promotion to the next semester without examinations and suspension of online classes.
Now, Vice-Chancellor (VC) Punjab University, Dr. Niaz Ahmad Akhtar, has announced to waive off all fees except for the tuition fee until the government allows the resumption of classes from the campus.
Taking to Twitter, Dr. Niaz wrote:
PU will continue its pro students policy and will not charge any medical fee, transport fee, library fee , sports charges, hostel charges etc except tuition fee to its students during the period of online classes
— Niaz Ahmad Akhtar (@DrNiazAhmadSI) June 23, 2020
Though appreciative, the belated announcement from Punjab University has left students in quandary.
A student at the Hailey College of Banking and Finance, Punjab University, who asked not to be named, has said:
No online classes are being conducted at the moment. Online classes started in March and were called off in May. Now we have holidays until August. Some students have already paid their semester fees while some haven’t. There is a bit of confusion regarding the implementation of the fee concession announced recently. If the university is going to apply the fee waiver equally to all students for this semester, it must reimburse the fees, barring tuition fees, of students who have already paid.