LAHORE - Punjab University students held a rally to protest the raise in free structure and expulsion of some students from the university. The protest started from Hailey College of Commerce and ended in front of the VCs office. The students were chanting slogans against the varsity administration. The protest continued for three hours. A student of Law College fainted due to exhaustion. He was later shifted to a hospital by rescue 1122. The PU spokesman, however, said that no fee was increased in Hailey College as alleged by IJT. Infact the IJT wanted to protest the expulsion of their colleagues, the PU spokesman said, adding that the protesters hurled flowerpots at the teachers who wanted to negotiate with them outside the VC office. The students said that on April 2 they had blocked the campus bridge and Registrar Prof Dr Naeem A Khan had announced that a committee would take action against the fee hiking but now no action has been taken yet in this regard. Nazim IJT Punjab University Qaisar Sharief said the varsity was facing management crisis and suggested to decrease the non-productive expenditures to give relief to the students. Qaisar also criticised the role of discipline committee that, according to him, had destroyed the future of 91 innocent students who had been expelled from the varsity. He also demanded of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani to announce election of students unions so that they may get their rights. Meanwhile Registrar Dr Naeem Ahmad Khan and Resident Officer Shahid Gill heard the grievances of the students and assured them that no fee was increased. The registrar further announced that a notification to this effect would be issued before April 30. Meanwhile the PU spokesman said the IJT activists in connivance with some external elements threw empty bottles on senior teachers and broke the flowerpots in front of VCs office at New Campus. He said the IJT had announced to start a campaign from April for the reinstatement of their activists who were expelled or rusticated from PU due to their involvement in illegal activities and the present protest was a part of this campaign. All the teachers of PU condemned this incident and said that no student organisation would be allowed to spoil the peaceful environment of the campus. Principal Hailey College of Commerce Prof Dr Liaqat Ali said that no increases had been made in the college fee and the students were being charged with the fee as mentioned in the prospectus issued to them during their admission in September 2008. He said that over 80 per cent students of the college had already submitted their fee. He said the IJT had some hidden objectives behind this protest. He said the college administration had shut down the office of IJT situated in the college premises and they were protesting against this action by the HCC administration.