Pakistan: Students of Karakoram University in Gilgit protest against fee hike
Students of Karakoram International University (KIU) in Pakistan's Gilgit city recently demonstrated against the administration for an unprecedented fee hike.
The poor students of the university said they are unable to pay the hiked semester fees.
The unreasonable raise in the university fees has affected the students and their parents as administration has allegedly increased the fees by 25 per cent two times in a semester, the news agency reported.
A student protesting against the University told ANI: “Before we could enter the second semester, they had already released the notification regarding 25% hike in the fees, after we submitted the fees they again raised the fees by 25% for the same semester, due to which the situation here has deteriorated further."
Students have blamed the Vice Chancellor of the university for corruption and fleecing money from the students for his personal tours abroad.
A student from Karakoram University revealed that the Vice Chancellor remains absent from the University and spends money granted for the development of the university on his foreign tours.
She told ANI, “Gilgit Baltistan is a region which doesn’t have much resources (for education). Most of the students here are financially poor. The Vice Chancellor of the University is found to be on a tour to China or other foreign tourist destinations most of the time. He doesn’t come here and stays in Islamabad. He should facilitate the students here, but he is never present at the University. It shows the irresponsible attitude and incompetence of the Vice Chancellor”