LAHORE: Dozens of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) graduates on Monday held a demonstration outside the office of Punjab University vice chancellor against cancellation of their admission to different disciplines of master programmes.
Students, awaiting their graduation results, were allowed admission, fee vouchers issued and hostel rooms allotted.
They said they had been taking classes for one-and-a-half month until they received a notification from the university administration that their admissions have been cancelled.One of the protesters Usama Rana told
Dawn students had clearly mentioned their result status while submitting their details online admission portal of the university by August 26.
He said the result of the students of the BZU was announced on Aug 30 and they submitted their hard copy of the result in due date of the university which was Aug 31.Mr Rana said that earlier when they protested against the development, the administration assured them to solve their problem in a day or two.
He said if the university administration did not solve their problem, they would continue their protest.
“We did not have any other option as the admissions have been closed in public and private universities of the province,” he said.
Protesters say more than 90 students got admission citing expected results condition, and 41 of them had received cancellation orders.
PU Registrar Dr Khalid Khan said 17 students’ admissions were cancelled as their result had not been announced by the last date of the admission of the Punjab University.
He said the administration of some of the departments did not contact the controller office about the issue on time and it created a legal problem for the students and the university.
He said after deliberation the administration decided to cancel the admission of the students because the application online portal of the university closed on August 26 and result of the BZU was declared on Aug 30.
He said the students were not legally allowed to apply for admission before their graduation examination result and they could not continue their study due to legal bindings.
Mr Khan said the administration would refund the fee submitted by the students for admission, hostel allotment and other services in the university. He said they had held meetings over the issue with all departments and it was decided that they could not continue classes and their admissions were cancelled.
Published in Dawn, October 29th, 2019