FAISALABAD - Students of the Faisalabad Agriculture University on Saturday refused to sit in exams in hot weather and instead staged a protest, demanding postponement of papers until the weather gets pleasant.
The protesting students raised slogans against university's vice chancellor and the administration for not considering their demands.
The students said that it was becoming very difficult for them to appear in the examination amidst sweltering temperature and power outages while they were fasting.
The alleged that the university administration had failed to make an alternative power supply arrangement as no generator was available to ensure back-up supply when light was suspended.
The protesting students blocked the main road for an hour, creating a logjam. Meanwhile, the university administration said in a press statement that boycott of semester papers and protests were a futile exercise.
The university administration claimed that the protesting students were disrupting exams at the behest of outsiders.
"The exams would be held according to the schedule and around 20,000 students would attempt their papers," it said adding that nefarious designs of detractors would be met defeated.
"Orders have been issued to open the university hostel for Sehri and iftari while generators would be operational and measures have been taken to provide cold water in hostels," the university administration said.
According to sources, Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif has also taken notice of the issue and sought a report from the university administration.