SIALKOT-Amidst the government’s tall claims, about 2,200 girl students of Govt Murray College Sialkot, that is alma mater of Allama Iqbal and Faiz Ahmad Faiz, are still deprived of even basic facilities like hostel, sufficient classrooms and furniture.

The girl students belonging to the far-off areas of Sialkot district are forced to live in the local houses on rent for getting education because they have no other option. The rented houses are costly and now it has become unaffordable for the students to pay Rs4,000 to 5,000 per month as extra expenditures. The parents and families of the students urged the Punjab government to ensure early establishment of a hostel for Govt Murray College Sialkot students.

According to principal Javaid Akhtar Billah, early establishment of a hostel at Govt Murray College Sialkot was the dire need of the day for facilitating the students. He added that there were only 8 classrooms for more than 5,000 students. He said that the Punjab government should establish a campus at the outskirts of Sialkot on the pattern of Government College Lahore University, after giving it the university status.

He said 200 acre government land was available at village Ladhar near Sialkot for establishing Murray College’s another campus. There was no furniture in these classrooms due to which the students and teachers have been suffering from great ordeal while getting education there in these furniture-less classes, he added.

The college was established in British Regime in 1889. It was the alma mater of Allama Iqbal, the poet of the East, and Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The college never had a hostel for the girl students since its establishment 127 years ago.

The government functionaries remain unable to make some effective practical steps for ensuring availability of a hostel for students.

Several perturbed students including Ali Imran, Sidra, Mohsin Iqbal, Ali Khalil and Fatima expressed grave concern over the shortage of classes of mass communication in BS and Masters in Murray College Sialkot.

No classes of journalism or mass were started at this college. Now, it has affiliation with the University of Gujrat where regular classes of mass communication were on. The students said that they were eager to adopt mass communication but the classes were not at Murray College due to which the local students have to go to Gujrat, Gujranwala, Lahore and Islamabad for the purpose.

The Principal said that efforts were being made to make Murray College Sialkot as the centre of excellence. Also the principal said that there was no furniture in these classrooms due to which the students and teachers suffer great ordeal.

On the other side, the district administration claimed that Punjab government had released a special grant of Rs600 million for the establishment of four new colleges in Sialkot district.

According to Sialkot District Coordination Officer (DCO) Dr Asif Tufail, the government was establishing four new colleges namely Govt Nawaz Sharif Girls Degree College Sialkot, Govt Girls Degree College Chobara-Pasrur, Govt Girls Degree College Mundeyki Goraya-Daska and Govt Boys Degree College Chobara-Pasrur for providing higher education facilities.