You might be forgiven for thinking that I am obsessed with Karachi University ever since they awarded a PhD. degree to Rehman Malik, and maybe I am, but what can I do? The esteemed institution keeps turning up in news for the funniest of reasons. Now, MBBS students of various colleges affiliated with the university have come out on the streets to protest. Guess what they are protesting against. Come on, take a wild guess. Rehman Malik’s degree? No, that’s old news now, and we tend to forget old news, no matter how serious they are. The poor students are protesting because they flunked the second prof. Seriously. They are protesting that the marking was too strict and they actually have placards in their hands that say ‘We Want Marks’. I never knew that was a way to get marks, it could have saved so many of us so much time and energy that we spent studying.
Frankly, you can’t blame them. After all, if you can make Rehman Malik a doctor, what right do you have to deny anyone else the same privilege? Now, these students have requested Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ibad to intervene in the matter and give them grace marks so that their year is not wasted. Interestingly, not one of the said students is claiming that their papers were marked wrongly, not one of them has said that there was any mistake in the exam, all they are saying is that the marking should have been more lenient so that they, despite their apparent below the mark preparation, could have passed.
I don’t know what to make of all this. I mean, what the …..? What all this tells me is that we are still too immature as a nation and have not got the gist of what protest means. And what scares me the most is that the university might just accept the student’s demands. And then we would be on our way to many many more Dr. Rehman Maliks. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry so I guess I’ll just laugh till I cry.