While the ban on protests and gathering was lifted by the government, after the long march was called off, over 100 students, enrolled in different departments in the evening-shift, of the University of Peshawar, demonstrated in protest against the unavailability of hostel accommodation. These students demanded boarding facility to be extended to the university students admitted in the evening-shift category at the university.
The students shouted slogans against the administration and gathered in front of the offices of the university’s provost, later marching their way up to protest in front of the Vice Chancellor’s office. The protest comes as a reaction to the university’s policy of not allocating hostel accommodation to students studying in the evening shift while they pay full fee and meet all other conditions of studying in the university. However, they are denied hostel facility and most are compelled to hire rooms in private hostels which cost them a lot of money while also causing problems of transport and poor living conditions.
Some students of the evening-shift have to seek other means to stay in the university. They either live as outsiders with a friend, someone who has a seat in a hostel room or, in a number of cases, start living in the place of a morning-shift student who has availed the hostel facility but actually has a house in the city and lives there with his family. This has also caused the issue of illegal accommodation in university hostels.
The yesterday’s protest ended after the administration assured the protestors that the issue of hostel accommodation for evening-shift students will seriously be considered and a solution worked out to end the problems of evening-shift students.