The University of Balochistan in Crisis
By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
Dishearteningly, the largest and oldest state-run varsity of the Balochistan province, UoB (University of Balochistan), is in its worst crisis. On December 03, 2013, teachers and staff of the varsity commenced a begging bowl campaign against the provincial government of Balochistan for not providing adequate financial assistance to them. The teachers and staff of UoB also complained that they had not been receiving their salaries for more than six months. Therefore, they started off the protest against the government.
On the other hand, the administration of UoB accused the protesters of having been used by an ethnic political party of Balochistan for full filling its political motives using them, because the university teachers and staff are protesting at a time when 14, 000 students who have to appear for examination within next week.
But the president of Academic Staff Association, Dr. Kaleem Ullah Barech, negated the administration’s allegations and said: “We are taking to the streets along with 465 university teachers and 1200 employees as we are not getting our salaries for more than six months. And we also want to earn our livelihood to make our living. It is wrong to accuse us unnecessarily that we are being used by a political party.”
Dr. Abdullah, the Vice Chancellor of UoB, too, severely criticized the university teachers for not taking their classes, which has been squandering the students’ precious time. He further added that he informed the HEC (Higher Education Commission) and the federal government about the crisis of the university.
After the 18th amendment, all powers have been transferred to the provinces. So, in this way, it is better that the government ought to pay heed to manifold issues of the varsity. But contrary to the expectations, the governor of Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai, who is also the chancellor of varsity, distributed 5 million at a F.C college of the Lahore city. Unfortunately, he did not remember the university teachers and staff who were holding a begging bowl at their hands on Quetta’s roads.
Nevertheless, it is also to be noted that the UoB students have wholly been affected due to its crisis. “Our classes remain off for months whenever teachers go on strike,” said Basheer Baloch, the student of UoB’s microbiology department.
Due to law and order situation, 150 teachers have already had themselves transferred to the other provinces of the country, leaving behind a big vacuum. So, in these cases, the university students are getting distanced from their fundamental right, i.e., education. Therefore, it ought to be the government’s prime responsibility to obliterate the crisis of Balochistan’s university, so that university students’ education may be properly maintained and continued.
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