Is it my imagination, or is the TIP administration getting more high-handed and unreasonable as time passes? Supposedly the most democratic institute in Pakistan, Iâ€™m beginning to believe that the democracy it speaks of is definitely of the Pakistani variety. That is, in name only. Iâ€™m also beginning to believe Iâ€™m back in school, where if I recall, the administration was nothing less than fascist.
Ok, so maybe Iâ€™m going too far, but what else can you call the move to disallow karachiites from using the hostel facility? Hel-loâ€¦you built the institute smack in the middle of nowhere! Itâ€™s not mid-city like LUMS or IBA or Indus. Where do students go if they have extra work, or if they want to practice for tournaments or study more peacefully? The ride to and from TIP everyday means wasting 4 hours of our lives daily doing nothing. Which by the way means 20 hours every week, and I could honestly spend at least a quarter of that time doing something meaningful.
Moreover, living in the hostel gave us more strength of mind and character than anything else in TIP. For the first time we felt that we were going out into the world, able to make our own decisions about people, actions and feelings. If the admin thinks of us as adults (as Mr. Bandukda constantly states it does) then why doesnâ€™t it trust us?
This decision seems to have been made without the least bit of consideration for the daily-commuting students, which make up most of the TIP student body. And thatâ€™s not all. The management is hell-bent on ruining the TISF events for us too. For the carnival weâ€™d been given the ultimatum: No night stay. Say what?! Points leave at 11. What theâ€¦? And when do they arrive at Karachiâ€¦ One oâ€™clock? I donâ€™t know about the rest of the female population of TIP, but walking on KDA ki Chowrangi (or wherever the point might happen to dump you) at one in the morning does not suit me, or my parents. I shall once again scream â€œHEL-LO?? Youâ€™ve built the campus in the goddamn middle of nowhere! This isnâ€™t next door to the local ice-cream wala for us, you know. Let us stay at least one night!â€
I canâ€™t help wonderingâ€¦what are the TIP bigwigs afraid of? That some of us will get high and trash the building? Or that a lecherous few will turn the hostel into a nightclub? Or maybe some people will start a terrorist organizationâ€¦ If our administration truly believes any of these theories, I guess I only have one bit of advice for them: Grow up.