Islamabad - National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and COMSATS Institute of Science and Technology (CIIT) yesterday announced to remain closed till November 02 due to political uncertainty in the city.

Talking to The Nation, the NUST spokesperson Syed Ali Raza stated that university will remain closed till November 02 and any further programme to extend the closure will be decided after viewing the situation.

“For students’ convenience, the administration decided to close the institution, as 75 percent of the NUST students come from other cities and remote areas, so it was difficult to call them on Monday in this situation,” he said.

Similarly, the CIIT official while talking to The Nation said that the academic activities have been suspended till November 02, and further decision to prolong the closure will be decided after seeing the political situation. “It is difficult for students to reach university by crossing containers and other obstacles, so the university decided to suspend the activities initially for two days,” he said.

However, Quaid-e-Azam University spokesperson Nadeem Yasir informed The Nation that no such decision has been by the university yet.

Air University official Tariq Ejaz told that university had already changed the schedule of mid-term examination and students are going through it; however till now no suspension or closure of the university has been decided.

Talking to The Nation representative of Young Teachers Association Ehsan Sikandri said, “We have been promised regarding release of salaries in next week and if the government doesn’t fulfil its promise, the YTA is mulling to join political protest.”

Meanwhile, Federal Government Teachers Association yesterday held a gathering outside National Press Club voicing against the lockdown of the city and educational institutions, as the political protest will disturb the study schedule of students.

Dozens of teachers including male and female staff holding placards in support of educational activities demanded the government and political parties to allocate a specific place for such kinds of demonstrations.

Separately, Sagheer Mirani, president of Federation of All Educational Institutions (FAEI) — which claimed to be the representative body of four teaching and two non-teaching staff associations of the federal government colleges – while talking to The Nation said that last sit-in gave damage to the educational activities in institutions and the students cannot afford such losses repeatedly.

“November and December are the months in which students are more focused for preparation of board examinations, whether they are regular or going to appear in supplementary exams,” he said.

The teachers, while calling the attention of minister of capital administration & development division (CADD) and minister of interior demanded to eliminate the ‘fearful’ environment in the city.

Talking to The Nation, association representative Mohammad Habib stated that road blocking creates severe mess for teachers and students in reaching their institutions. “On one side, the government stresses not to close the institutes while, on the other roads and blocked interchanges are impossible to cross, where a student and teacher should go in this kind of situation?” he said.

He said reaching the federal area had become a challenge for students and teachers in last sit-in.

“Current time is considered as peak season for studies in which teachers have to cover the syllabus and students have to memorise it,” he said.

Another representative Malik Ameer said that along with teachers, parents are also very concerned because they don’t want to put extra burden on their children this year too. “Due to last sit-in, students had to cover their course in minimum available time, which impacted their results,” he said.

He said where students of other districts are busy in studies day and night, the position holders of Islamabad city are worried over the course completion and crossing the containers.

Sagheer Mirani stated that if the closedown of the city perturbed the educational activities, the association will also bring thousands of students for protest.



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