ISLAMABAD After the deadlock between the students, teaching faculty and the administration of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) over the issue of thrashing a lecturer by the registrar, the university has been closed till February 12. The students and the faculty members had announced to boycott the classes until their demands were met but the university hardened its stance and was not ready to sack the registrar of NUML, Brig (R) Obaidullah Ranjha. The students and the faculty members boycotted the classes and wore black armbands. Despite harsh weather conditions the students staged protest demonstrations at the campus demanding immediate termination of Brig (R) Ranjha. They were holding placards and raising slogans against humiliation of their teacher at the hands of the university administration. The faculty members and students condemned the highhanded behaviour of registrar, Brig Ranjha on February 4. They demanded for the immediate termination of the registrar. They said that the demands had been duly conveyed to the Rector by the faculty representatives and if the demands were not met by 6 pm in the evening, the faculty would approach the President of Pakistan, the Chancellor of NUML, for redressal of grievances. Meanwhile, as directed by the President, the Ministry of Education is going to form an inquiry committee to probe the issue today (Tuesday). The head of the inquiry committee formed by the university, Kamran Jahangir had already refused to be part of the inquiry while the head of the Urdu Department and noted short story writer Rashid Amjad resigned from his post in protest. One of the lecturers remarked Its not the first incident at the campus and the registrar has beaten a lecturer and a student earlier. The teaching faculty and students matters the most for any educational institution but here they have less respect and are being suppressed by the administration. They regretted that the rector even did not bother to condemn the incident. They demanded for the constitution of inquiry committee comprising senior regular faculty members. They also demanded for formation of Academic Staff Association as per the Constitution of Pakistan. It was further learnt that Brig Ranjha was ready to apologise to lecturer Tahir Malik but the students rejected his apology and demanded his termination. The faculty member also argued, If he is apologising; it means he is guilty of thrashing the lecturer so he should be fired for humiliating the dignity of a teacher. Tahir Malik told TheNation that he waited for the public apology from the registrar but he did not appear before the students and the faculty members and rangers called by the administration shifted him to unidentified place. The representatives of the faculty members when approached the rector to apprise him of their demands, according to them, he was not ready to listen to them and behaved harshly with them.