Karakoram International University Students Block Karakoram Highway To Protest Cancellation Of Scholarships
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.
Hundreds of Karakoram International University students have blocked the KKH in Gilgit after being prevented from sitting for their exams following the arbitrary cancelation of their scholarships. Please share widely so their demands can be heard. pic.twitter.com/7DUnq1XEXg
— Ammar Rashid ☭ (@AmmarRashidT) December 30, 2019
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.
Commodification of education makes it inaccessible to majority of the population. We stand with the demands of the students of Karakoram international university https://t.co/2MoNfBDozs
— AWP Islamabad (@AWPIsbRwp) December 30, 2019
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.
Students of #Karakoram International University in #GilgilBaltistan have been protesting for weeks for restoring PM's 2011 Fee Reimbursement Scheme for MPhil and PHDs and special grant by PM to allow University to subsidise semester fees of all students #StudentsSolidarityMarch pic.twitter.com/Bx4U6h01n6
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) December 9, 2019