RAWALPINDI - A large number of students of Pir Mehar Ali Shah Arid Agricultural University (PMAS-AAUR) are being treated like animals every day when they are taken to university to attend their classes and drop back to their homes after ending their lessons.
More than 500 male and female students are taken to PMAS-AAUR from various parts of twin cities by only four buses while capacity of each bus is maximum 52 persons but the university transport management thrust over 90 to 100 male and female students in each bus without any distinction of male and female as animals and the university administration, never, even think to make separate arrangement to transport female students to their educational institute for study.
Despite several complaints, lodged by female students with PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor, no action has been taken so far.
The overloaded buses have been a major source of inconvenience for the students as no step taken by the university administration to facilitate them, said Shuhaib, a student while talking to The Nation on Monday. He said that a bus has a capacity to accommodate 52 students while the transport management carried over 100 students.
A female student of M.Sc Sociology, seeking anonymity, said that it was challenging for females to onboard the bus stuffed with males. She said that the female students fell on boy students whenever the bus driver pushed brake paddles in traffic rush.
She said that she felt quite embarrassing while standing so close to male students. She said that the buses were as packed as some students have to hang on to the footboard and in the doors.
"They shove in all students without any regard of male or female in the bus pushing them like sheep and cows and leave those who hesitate to be shoved in," a female student told to this scribe but refused to tell her name, adding, "This is against the norms of Islam as well unethical to shove in women students with males when most of them are ill-mannered and naughty."
Ayyaz Akram, Incharge Transport PMAS-AAUR, however, when approached in his office, said that it had brought the matter in the notice of VC and action would be taken soon.
He informed that the university has a total of 5 buses, of which one remained on stand by, and three coasters, plying on four routes to carry students to the university and back to homes.