PESHAWAR: Student of Pharmacy Department of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan on Monday refuse to appear in examination to protest non-registration of the department with Pharmacy Council of Pakistan (PCP).

The students also staged a protest demonstration outside Mardan Press Club and chanted slogans against the university administration.

They complained that their degrees would be useless without registration with PCP. “Our degrees would be of no use unless the department is registered with the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan,” said Ghazala Bibi, one of the protesting students.

The protesters also complained of shortage of facilities at the department and said that examinations were scheduled to begin today (Monday) but they boycotted because of non-registration of the department.

“It seems that we have wasted our five years, the university has deliberately put future of 200 students at stake,” said Fawad Ali, another student.

The students claimed that they have been asking the administration to register the department with the council but repeated demands were ignored. “Equipping the department with all kinds of facilities and registering it with PCP is responsibility of the university,” said a faculty member who requested not to be named.

When contacted, Adil Khan, registrar of the university, said that registration with PCP takes four to five years while the department has all facilities. He said that verified and registered degrees would be given.