ISLAMABAD: The Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) University management announced one week of official holidays to its students and staff in the wake of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) sealing of the university on non-conforming use of the premise, Daily Times has learnt.
The CASE University was functioning at the Sir Syed Memorial Complex building located in Sector G-5/1. The CDA building control section had sealed the campus the previous day after which the university management had no option except the issuance of the said notification.
No official was available to speak regarding the announcement of holidays. However, a student of the university confirmed the move.
The CDA spokesperson, Malik Saleem, told this scribe that the agency would not reopen the university's premise till assurance from the varsity's administration that the building would be used for the purpose for which the plot had been allotted.
As per information available, the university's plot was actually allotted for the purpose of constructing a building of an auditorium, a library, a reading room and a museum to pay homage to veteran educationist and reformist of pre-independence subcontinent, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.
As per CDA rules, the use of plot for any other purpose than original allotment's terms is a clear violation and in such cases, the agency is fully authorised to remove or convert such a plot's premise.
Earlier, the university also had been issued warning notices by the CDA but the management did not bother about them.
This is not the sole university in the capital that has been constructed in violation of the CDA's rules. There are some other varsities committing such illegalities as well.
The universities including Preston University (PU), Shifa Tameer-e-Milat University (STMU), Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) and Iqra University (IU) are functioning in non-conformed use of their plots while the Muslim Youth University (MYU) and Hamdard University (HU) are availing rented buildings.
According to the information these universities have got the proper No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from the regulatory entity Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The educationists were of the view that the HEC should securitise each and everything including the fundamental purpose of the university plot's allotments before issuance of the NOCs, adding that this strategy may avert the students' suffering. They quoted the example of the holidays' announcement by the CASE University as an ultimate case of students suffering.
When asked for the HEC's stance over CASE university holidays' announcement, its spokesperson Aayesha Ikram, refused to comment over the matter and insisted to inform about the version of the other party. "I will not comment on this until you send me the stance of the CASE university management," she added.