CHARSADDA: Bacha Khan University (BKU) , which was closed following a militant attack on Jan 20 that killed at least 21 students, reopened after 26 days on Monday after it was given security clearance.
Vice-Chancellor Fazal Rahim Marwat received the students as they entered the campus amid tight security. Talking to newsmen, the Vice Chancellor said that the university administration was satisfied with the security arrangements at the campus.
The resumption of academic activities, he said, would relieve the students of “psychological trauma they had undergone due to the terror attack and special lectures would be also delivered in this regard.
BKU spokesperson Saeed Khan said complete security arrangements were in place at the campus. Only watchtowers were yet to be installed, he added. An MSc student said that they would not be cowered by terror threats. They would continue their studies as it was the only way to defeat the terrorists, he vowed. The BKU administration had decided a week after the attack that academic activities would not resume until provision of adequate security by the government.
The BKU spokesperson on Friday said the university’s security committee, after a thorough review, had given a go ahead for resumption of academic activities and that the students and staff would not use the university transport.
Charsadda District Police Officer Sohail Khan also said security clearance had been given to the BKU. Eight policemen would be stationed on the university premises with deployment of a mobile van outside. Four women employees of the university would be tasked with to keep an eye on female students, he said.
BKU Director Administration Dr Shakil earlier told a private TV channel that the university’s administration had made foolproof security arrangements. CCTV cameras had been installed; boundary wall raised to the required height and recruitment of 30 more guards was under way to raise their strength to 84.