ISLAMABAD - Female students of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Monday shut down the campus and boycotted the academic activity over hostel issues.

The students resorted to protest against the removal of hostel provost Dr Seema Gul and giving the charge to another faculty member who fixed the mess fee Rs 5000 per month and 5.30pm closure time of the hostel. The students were demanding that they should be allowed to go out even after 5:30pm as some classes end very late and they won't be able to meet the new timings. They also said that the mess fee should be collected per attendance. "Why we are being compelled to pay for whole month if we skip the meals and don't avail mess facility daily," objected a protesting student. 

The students locked the both male and female campuses and no one was allowed to enter the premises. The university bus service remained suspended. Due to halted bus service, the students could not reach the university so no classes were held.

DK Hairan Khattak, Additional Director (P&PR) at the university, informed that the issues of the hostel students had been resolved and they called off the strike. "Currently the university has four hostels and two are under constructions. Still we cannot meet the needs of rapidly increasing strength of the students. But for the time being their issues have been addressed," he said.

DEO urges parents to monitor performance of school going kids

Elementary and Secondary Education Department DEO Nazir Khan has called upon the parents to keep a close liaison with teachers and monitor the performance of their school going children on daily basis.

This he said while speaking as a chief guest at parent day function held in government High school Wanda Ameer on Monday. A senior JUI-f leader Maulana Haji Ameer Nawaz Khan presided over the event while DDEO Khalid Wahab, ADOs Nisar Muhammad Ghaznikhel and Sharifullah Khan, heads of government schools and notables of the area were in the attendance.

On the occasion the students presented tableaus and received applause from the participants.  The district education officer distributed trophies and cash prizes among the students who exhibited outstanding performance in curricular and co curricular activities.

He said that the perception that the students of public sector schools were lagging behind from those of private schools was wrong. "The performance of students in such events clearly indicates that government schools are far better than the private institutions," he maintained.

Nazir said that frequent visits to the schools by parents in connection with knowing about the performance of their children would make teachers to work with devotion and dedication. He assured that laboratory equipment would be provided to the schools so as to enable the students to do practical works without facing any difficulty.