ISLAMABAD - The persistent hide and seek of electricity is paralysing the multi-millions 'Research and Development' activities of higher educational institutions. The administration of Qauid-i-Azam University (QAU), International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (AAUR) want early execution of their ongoing development projects as delay could cause increase in the operational expanses. Dr Muhammad Qasim Jan, Vice Chancellor QAU, told TheNation that unprecedented price hike and increase in the transportation fares have almost doubled their expanses of ongoing developmental projects. A development grant of Rs 4 billion of the said institutions for current month has been cut to Rs 2 billion. The HEC budget had also been slashed earlier by the incumbent government. He further informed that present cut in the university's development funds further worsened the situation. He said that promises, which he made earlier with the students for providing net facilities in girl hostels, UPS or generators facilities in the campuses could not be fulfilled due to severe financial constraints. On the other hand, students of the said institutions are facing hardships during their study and research work, as there was no alternative means of electric power in the public sector institutions.  During last week students of Qauid-I-Azam University staged a sit-in front of Vice Chancellor's office to remind him his promises.  While talking to The Nation Qasim Gujar, a student of QAU said that the administration several times promised them for allocating some funds to install UPS or generators but so far no action has been taken in this connection. He said that VC of the university himself went on foreign trip and left the students in the lurch. "Huge numbers of students, who came from far-flung areas of the county for study, are suffering from the loadshedding as there was no alternate of light to continue their study in their hostels at night," he regretted.    Sufian Munawar, a Ph.D student of QAU, said that due to power shortages, they were going through a very difficult time. He said that eight and nine hours electricity loadshedding perturbed them at great extent because they could not concentrate on their study. Besides the students huge numbers of teachers are also suffering from this unpleasant exercise of power shortages. They are unable to execute their post doctorial research work, as per the HEC requirements. One of the faculty members, wishing anonymity, told this scribe that administration of the university could not overcome the problem despite repeated promises. It is pertinent to mention here that QAU is number one Public Sector University of the county as most of the faculties' members did their PhDs from the world top ranked universities.   Power outages have also caused acute water shortage in the hostels of these institutions. Students of the IIUI staged several protests in front of the university and government officials' offices but in return they only got threats of dire consequences. The feelings of anguish compound when students of the IIUI receive hefty fee schedule during the semester. Hamid Mustafa, a student at IIUI, regretted that his university was one of the expansive universities of the county, as it was 80 per cent depending on their fees but despite receiving hefty fees administration of the university pay no heed to their genuine demands. He deplored that no one was there who could convince the high-ups in the Education Ministry to release more funds for the university and announced decrease in the fee schedule. He was of the view that there should be complete ban over loadshedding in the universities.  While narrating their ordeal to The Nation, students and teachers of the different institutions of the twin cities termed the problem a sheer negligence of the officials who failed to calculate the increasing load growth and were doing nothing to improve the power generation.