LAHORE – Hundreds of Punjab University (PU) students on Thursday staged a protest against increase in tuition fee, and other problems including transport and hostel accommodation.

The Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba led students’ march to the Vice Chancellor Office where they chanted slogans against the administration. They were also holding placards inscribed with demands for their rights.

The protesting students said the university administration did not provide hostel accommodation to a large number of students from other areas. They said students of replica and evening programmes were paying high charges to the varsity and they had not been issued hostel allotments, demanding construction of new hostels if needed.

Later, the PU administration met the student leaders but to no avail. The students threatened another protest on November 29 if their demands were not met.

Reacting to the protest, a PU spokesman said the students were not “facing any problem of transport and hostel accommodation”. The protest was organised by the IJT, the official added.

He said that recently, two new buses had been added to PU fleet and better facilities were being provided to the students. He further said the culture of university was changing and students were focusing on academic activities. He said the IJT was seeing its future in jeopardy because of the new trend and culture of research on campus.