On Friday morning, a number of students gathered at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science, and Technology.
Students protested against online exams by holding placards in both their hands. They chanted “University kholo” (open the varsity).
Demonstrators demanded that the varsity hold exams on campus. A student stated, “We come here because we want to study in far-off places.” These online exams and classes are pointless. It’s not learning.”
Protesters attempted to enter the university by climbing on its gates. The security guards stopped them.
Another protester claimed that the university made it compulsory for students to be vaccinated against coronavirus. “More that 80% of students have been immunized, but classes have not started.”
He said that if we wanted to study online, we would have applied at a virtual university. He also stated that science students are suffering huge losses due to the cancellation of practical classes.
Earlier, the Sindh government decided to close educational institutions in the province closed till August 30. The government had previously announced that educational institutions would be allowed to resume classes on August 23.
After rising coronavirus metrics for Sindh, the decision was made.
On August 2, educational institutions in other provinces were reopened with 50% attendance.
Ismail Rahoo, the Sindh Minister for Universities and Boards, has directed students, teachers, and employees to get vaccinated against this deadly virus.
He stated that unvaccinated persons will not be permitted to enter the premises starting August 30.
The NCOC announced earlier this week that students over 17 years old will be able to get vaccinations starting September 1. They must get their first shot of the vaccine before September 15.
Students should have their vaccines up to October 15.