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Karakoram International University Students Block Karakoram Highway To Protest Cancellation Of Scholarships

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Students of Karakoram International University (KIU) have blocked the Karakoram Highway in Gilgit after being prevented from taking their exams due to the cancellation of their scholarships.

Videos doing the rounds on social media showed students in their hundreds on the Karakoram Highway. Activist Ammar Rashid stated that the students were protesting after they had been disallowed from sitting in their exams following the arbitrary cancellation of their scholarships.

Regarding the matter, the Islamabad branch of the Awami Workers Party has said that they stood with the demands of the students of KIU,

Commodification of education makes it inaccessible to majority of the population. We stand with the demands of the students of KIU, adding that the commodification of education made it inaccessible to the majority of the population.

In early December, students of KIU had protested for the restoration of Prime Minister’s 2011 Fee Reimbursement Scheme for MPhil and PhD students, and the special grant given by PM to allow the university to subsidise semester fees of all students.


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