Countrywide students protest for online exams heat up
From Islamabad to Lahore and from Peshawar to Multan, students of various universities protested to press their demands for online examinations instead of on-campus examinations, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The protests also intensified after reports of clashes were reported from a protest site at University of Central Punjab and Science College and Emerson College in Multan respectively on Tuesday.
However, National Textile University students protest in Faisalabad ended by the police at the Sheikhupura Road and the road was later was opened for traffic.
Police quell the protesters of National Textile University students in Faisalabad Sheikhupura Road has been opened for traffic.
Students of NFC Institute along with and National Textile University blocked the roads where police charged batons to disperse them.
The students said that they were protesting peacefully for holding online exams but the police resorted to violence.
The TV channel reported that students are protesting on Bosan Road in Multan where students of Science College and Emerson College and other colleges participated in the protest.
Bosan Road has been closed for traffic due to the protest and long queues of vehicles were formed. The protesting students have announced to continue protest till approval of their demands.
The students protested on Boson Road and raised their slogans for holding online exams.
DG Khan University students in DG Khan have also protested against physical examinations and reached outside the Vice Chancellor's residence from University Gate.
Students of different universities also protested in Peshawar with similar demands for online exams instead of on-campus examinations and vowed to continue until their demands will not address by the authorities.
Students of different universities also protested in front of Higher Education Commission HEC on Tuesday (today).
Some ‘unidentified elements’ clashed with security guards of the University of Central Punjab (UCP) in Lahore during the students' protest against the varsity administration to press their demands for online exams instead of on-campus papers.
The students blocked the service road in front of the university and vowed to continue the protest till the demand is met. The protesters demanded from the university administration to take online exams.
Police have also reached the protest site and negotiations were underway with the students.
According to a private TV channel, the protest turned violent when “irrelevant elements” attempted to vandalize the front gate of the university at the time when university guards went inside amid the presence of a large number of protesting students. The intruders threw stones inside the university.
Earlier, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood dropped a hint about conducting online exams this year keeping in view the situation resulting from the pandemic.
The students have been protesting across the country as part of their effort to convince the government to hold online exams this year and save their academic year.
Various universities have allowed online exams after the protests in recent weeks.