University of Engineering and Technology (UET) informed its staff and students that all On-Campus activities will be reopened from 17th August, 2020. Much of the students and staff have shown their concerns regarding their joining without any government approval, however, students have now also been informed of the semester exams. UET’s management has planned to conduct semester exams in campus with or even without any precautionary measures. To make this situation more disastrous, UET is forcing all students to sign a document which states that if any harm is caused to the health of student, then no one from University’s administration shall be held responsible.
One of the human rights activist raised this issue on one of the social media platforms with requesting journalists to take up this matter. Students have registered their concerns to the university but no fruitful response has been given by the university’s management. One of the major reservation is regarding the conduct of exams without any precautionary measures, one of the student said that how can they put their own and more importantly, families lives in danger. Few of the universities have indicated to imitate what Punjab University has been doing to facilitate their students. Students are of the view that university shall conduct online exams as online classes were conducted.
Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood said that institutes will be allowed to reopen from 15th September under strict SOPs, however, this decision is based on assessment of the situation. In the meanwhile, he advised all provinces to come up with SOPs so that they could be finalized for the reopening of educational institutes. Recently, School Education Department of Punjab developed an initial draft of SOPs which were shared with Education Ministry. If UET is to reopen their campus and conduct exams, they should follow a basic set of SOPs otherwise it can cause more chaos.