The internal students enrolled in the evening programme of Karachi University are being subjected to lack of attention by the administration. They are deprived of several basic facilities available to students of the morning sessions. This sort of step-motherly treatment is causing great inconvenience to the students concerned and is a source of concern for their parents too. The students and their parents have, from time to time, expressed serious misgivings about mismanagement of the directorate of evening programme to the VC also but nothing much has happened. The majority of these evening students are girls who also work part time in the day. Hailing from far-flung areas of Karachi, they have to keep up with the hectic routine of classes after spending almost 10 to 12 hours every day in pursuit of their employment during the day. After attending their duties at work and, on some days, availing themselves of short leave from their work, they travel by city buses to the University. They usually get dropped at the Silver Gate of university and then hurry up on foot to different departments to attend their classes. That is a great physical strain. The KU buses are neither available to pick them from the Silver City gate nor drop them at any of the various city points. There is also no shuttle available to take them the distance between the main gate and various departments. Buses are parked in the KU depots in the evening and the evening students are deprived of their ride. By the time evening classes start, the libraries of various departments also close down, denying these students any opportunity to borrow or even consult books related to their academic courses. During the evening session, there is no arrangement of standby generators either for lights and fans to keep running during classes in the event of loadshedding. In such an eventuality, the heads of department always choose to postpone the classes. Examinations have been cancelled and students called later to appear in exams. There are also no arrangements of water to drink, or comfortable furniture to sit on. Toilets are in very poor condition with most washbasins broken and no running water in taps. Perhaps this letter might change the Vice Chancellors view of what he needs to do immediately but I have no high hopes. -FARAH ZAHEER, Karachi, May 5.