ISLAMABAD - Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) was reopened Friday after expelling 11 students involved in rumpus at the campus when an international conference was under way after which the university was shut down on April 27.

A five-member university disciplinary committee has decided to ban the entry of 11 involved students into hostels and the campus forever along with the imposition of fine Rs 20,000 on each student that has been notified and displayed on notice boards, informed Officer Incharge Student Affairs Mahmood Butt.

According to him the committee heard the case against 28 involved students and of the 11 have been expelled. The committee has been investigating the role of rest of the students and they have been asked to appear before the committee on May 14 and 21 to clarify their position. The expelled students, all of them from MSc. include Najeeb Ullah, M Qasim, Amjad Ali, Shoukat Hussain, Hamid Riaz, Muzafar Hussain, Ishtiaq Qureshi, Maqbool Ahmad, Abid Shah, Mansoor Ali and Hunain Tariq. He said all the students were informed by phone to appear before the committee but they deliberately did not appear at the hearings. They all were in town as they held demonstration against the administration still they did not clarify their position so the committee reached a final decision without hearing them.  

He, however, stated that the students have a right to appeal to Syndicate, the highest decision making body of the university, against the decision within 15 days that has powers to decrease, increase or even quash their punishment.

The administration had closed the university and ordered MSc students to vacate hostels, after violence by some disgruntled students.

However, the students rejecting the decision have maintained that they would appeal the decision to get justice. One of the student leader requesting anonymity said they were informed by phone calls and text messages to appear before the UDC but due to the closure of hostels most of the students were out of station and were unable to reach here in few hours. A student who went to Balochistan, how can he come back within one day, he questioned.

He said that they had moved an application requesting to conduct the hearings after opening the hostels and university but the administration paid no heed to our request and gave a decision without hearing the students. The students said protest is their right and students protested on many occasions but they have been victimized for raising their voices against the misappropriations and challenging the hegemony of the university administration.