The aspirants all over Pakistan have been protesting against unsatisfactory online classes and also the varsities charging full semester fees in spite of the coronavirus lockdown. Some of them have taken to the streets to raise their concerns in planned protests, like the one outside the headquarters of higher education commission in Islamabad.
The other aspirants have made the use of social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter as well as Facebook to express their dissatisfaction. But, instead of listening the students complains and concerns and to solve their issues, one university has decided to take disciplinary action against its enrolled students. HEC has already announced to Start Online Classes from 1th June.
The twist came when during the story of online education vs. protesting students; one of the universities expelled its students for raising his voice against online education on social media. Usman Mahmoud, a student at Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST) Islamabad, has been permanently rusticated by the varsity after he posted a tweet against online classes.
The university student, Usman received a letter from the admin of university explaining the reason of his dismissal. As per the letter, Usman was found ‘guilty of a major violation of the university discipline’ by a Disciplinary Committee set up to take the decision on the matter.
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The letter blames him of being involved in poor discipline as well as using social media platform to ‘prompt other aspirants of the university to physically protest online classes.’
The expelled aspirant, Usman shared a picture of the letter on Twitter and also tagged the Senator of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar in the post. The PPP senator, who heads the Senate Committee on Human Rights, replied to his post, saying:
“Your case will be shared along with Higher Education Commission and if not restored, whoever is the Vice Chancellor of your university, will be called to the committee. You were well within your legal right to staged protest and raise your voice.”