RE Despite a number of GCU student advisory committees, the administration has yet to stop the current practice of puncturing the students cars being parked outside the varsity premises.
Informers said that about 2,000 students out of total 6,000 had their own cars but they had to face the parking problem inside the university. Resultantly, they were compelled to park their vehicles on the main road at Triangle Chowk, but after the university timings they found their cars punctured.
Informers believed this was being done by traffic wardens deployed outside the main gate of the university in connivance with the GCU administration.
Talking to this scribe, several students told that they conveyed their grievances to the administration many times but none of the authorities concerned bothered to address them. I come from Cantonment area and it takes 45 minutes to reach here but when I was returning, I always find my vehicle punctured, a 21-year-old student Nimra Ahmer told this reporter.
Chief Traffic Officer SSP Syed Ahmed Mobin incriminated the district police in this regard. According to my knowledge, Old Anarkali police were doing this and traffic police have nothing to do with this sort of crime. The traffic wardens are allowed to lift the bikes/motorcars in case of severe violation of the traffic rules, he added.
The GCU has three parking lots at Science Block, Main Block and at Pir Panj Road. The university has specified Main Block parking for the 200 faculty members and administration while it also has motorbike parking on the backside of the varsity at Chatter G Road, leading towards the Urdu Bazaar.
Yes, the GCU allows parking inside the campus only to MBA Executive and MPhil students (evening programme) but no parking is allowed on the main road, spokesman Musadiq Sultan said. He said the students had been directed to park their vehicles on the backside of the campus. Interestingly, the City Traffic Police have installed a board inscribed with prohibition of parking on the aforesaid road. Musadiq said the chowk in front of the GCU was a junction of motorcars, bikes and other vehicles coming from Anarkali, Punjab University Old Campus and Ferozepur Road. He said the GCU had transportation fleet comprising four mini buses. When asked about the VC and acting VC Prof Dr Khalid Pervaiz intervention into the matter, Musadiq said the VC was on his 'private visit to Thailand while the acting VC was taking rest so cannot be disturbed this time.
On the other side, the GCU has appointed Students Affairs Advisor Yousaf Bashir who looks after the welfare of the students. The advisor is supposed to facilitate the students in addressing their problems pertaining to academics, co-curricular activities, sports, libraries, examination, transportation, health and fees discipline. Moreover, a Discipline Committee is working parallel to the advisory committee but none of the students seems satisfy with them.