LAHORE – The students of four-year BS(Hons) programme in autonomous colleges of the province have been deprived of summer vacations because of mismanagement by the administration of their affiliating university, TheNation has reliably learnt.

The students of semester system classes of various disciplines have to attend their classes in sizzling heat and often during power outages. The colleges affiliated with the Punjab University – including Government MAO College, Government Islamia College Civil Lines, Government Science College Wahdat Road, etc – have been forced to hold classes for completing the ongoing semester; while the Punjab University has announced its summer vacations from July 9.

A senior teacher of Government MAO College told this scribe on condition of anonymity that all this happened because of mismanagement of the part of the BS(Hons) programme director. He said that the Punjab University had not been conducting semester examinations in time since the commencement of BS Programme in autonomous colleges.

“A large number of students have left the programme because of delay in examinations and they have opted simple graduation programme. The remaining students are suffering due to insufficient infrastructure and are forced to attend classes in sizzling weather while the university does not have any plan to relax them,” the teacher further informed.

He said that the teachers of these colleges had also been deprived of vacations as they had to take their classes. He said that the students must be relaxed once in a year but the BS programme was denying them an opportunity to relax even for a brief period, following the year-long academic activities.

The continuation of the classes also irked the parents who had to pick and drop their children in hot weather. The parents were complaining that they were being compelled to send their children to the colleges in severe heat. They urged the authorities to take notice of the issue and direct the colleges and the university to relax their children at least for one month.

The student termed the continuity of the classes a cruel act. They said that when all other educational institutions had been closed, they were the only ones to attend the classes.

Muhammad Ahmad, a student of Government MAO College, said that he had planned to visit his native town but due to classes, he was unable to spend some days with his family as his midterm examination would start from July 23.

The Punjab University spokesman while commenting on the issue said that the university had nothing to do with vacations of the colleges. He claimed that the university was conducting examinations of BS semester system programme in time.