ISLAMABAD - The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) was virtually shut down Tuesday due to a strike of Faculty of Shariah and Law students who were demanding extra courses to study and issuance of Bachelor's degree after completing two years courses.
The students locked the campus and no one was allowed to enter the premises. The university bus service remained suspended. No classes were held. Due to halted bus service, the students at female campus also could not reach the university so attendance remained thin there too.
The Faculty of Shariah and Law offers five years LL.B programme and during the first two years, the students pass their Bachelor courses and in the last three years they complete law courses. According to information, the students were demanding to issue their B.A degree after two years so that they can decide about their future and apply for internships.
According to them, objections are also raised when they go to the market for jobs or for the attestation of degrees that how can they obtain two degrees at the same time when they are issued two degrees at the end of the programme.
They students also demanded of the administration to allow them to take two extra courses while the university offers eight courses.
No one from the high-ups was present at the campus but a few officials held a meeting with the students. "Whenever such situation occur the administration seems nowhere. The university is being run like a rudderless ship," remarked a faculty member of the university.
The President of the university, Dr Ahmad Yousif A. Al-Draiweesh, is from Saudi Arabia and he mostly stays there. Rector Masoom Yasinzai who is also heading Quaid-I-Azam University hardly visits the IIUI. And the Vice President Dr Mumtaz Ahmad who teaches in foreign universities often remains on foreign visits. The other Vice President Dr Sahibzada Sajid-ur-Rehman has got retirement and now the post is vacant.
IIUI Director Academics Shagufta Haroon when contacted maintained that there were a few internal issues of the students that were discussed in the student advisory committee. The students are satisfied and now there is no pending issue.
Regarding the extra credit hours and courses, she said the students would have to follow approved scheme study and the degree issue would be placed before the Academic Council, the highest decision making body of the university, for approval.