Quaid e Azam University (QAU) is recognized by HEC as the number 1 university in Pakistan. But it has some major problems which are undermining the quality of education. University’s resources are under tremendous stress due to the huge number of students enrolling each semester. The University has recently introduced a BS programme but it does not have enough resources to accommodate all students. We lack classrooms, lecturers, hostel accommodation (especially for BS students). Transport is another big problem. There are only few buses available and sometimes there isn’t even enough space to stand in the bus. University authorities blame government for not providing enough funding to the university. This is partly true. Unlike other private universities, QAU cannot increase the fee structure steeply. In order to boost its revenue, the admin has increased the number of students on open merit and on self-finance scheme. To enhance the quality of education the university should firstly reduce the number of students. Additional funds from the government could improve the situation, but only if managed properly.

(A student from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad)

(Published in The Laaltain – Issue 7)

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