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Academic Staff and All Employees Associations, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM), on Monday rallied to press the University administration to meet their legitimate demands without any delay.

Since 1st June, academic and non-teaching employees have been protesting on AWKUM’s campus. “This ongoing protest will continue until our just demands are met,” Dr. Shaukat Ali Khattak, media secretary, Academic Staff Association (ASA), AWKUM, told The Khyber Mail on phone.

“We have presented a 17-points demand list to the university administration two weeks ago. Unfortunately, we see no progress so far, he said, adding instead of resolving issues in true letter and spirit, delaying tactics are unfortunately being used. “

Sharing some demands, he said that there are no basic facilities for the students such as washrooms and drinking water. In such a sweltering summer, there are not enough fans, and many among the available ones are dysfunctional. There are shortage of water due to dysfunctional water pumps, now and then, bad-governance, load-shedding and cleanliness issues. Apart from that, students have the loadshedding problems at hostels and on the campus. 

The support staff has been working without a service structure from years, as “AWKUM lacks a proper service structure for non-teaching staff. No one is promoted to the next cadre. Similarly, there is no transparency in reimbursement of medical bills”.

In the same breath, Dr. Shaukat said that 15 percent disparity reduction allowance, announced by the provincial government for employees with scale from 01 to 19, with effect from March 01, 2022, is not granted to the university employees. “We see an intense unrest among staff members of the University from grade-1-to-19” he remarked.

He further added that majority of the faculty with their degrees from prestigious international and national universities have been waiting from 10-to-15 years for promotion to the next grade. The University administration intends to violate the AWKUM and HEC Stautes. 

Time and again, these issues have been taken up with the concerned quarters but to no avail, the ASA secretary information explained.

The ongoing strike and protest is taking place under the joint banner of Academic Staff Association and All Employees Association of the University, he said “ Despite entering the second week, the University administration is not approaching the protesters for amicable solutions of the issues.” he vowed that our protest would continue until compelling the university administration to meet their demands.  

The scheduled exam has been postponed, leading to unrest in the students: no one other than the University administration is responsible for their suffering. The University administration would be responsible if any untoward incident took place in this regard, he concluded.

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