It would not be easy today for a student in Pakistan to imagine a kind of campus where students have a collective, consolidated and legal political space. This was how the public-sector universities were before the 1980s. At that time, students were not a disassociated group having no political imagination of any sort. They were rather a unionized and organized collective having a profound influence on politics in and outside the campus.

Their political engagement ranged from having a legal right to have a say in university policies to being a potential political partner of the organized labor. Students comprised the foundation of the movement against the dictatorship of Ayub Khan. Unions like Democratic Students Federation (DSF), National Students Federation (NSF), Islami Jamiat-e-Tulba (IJT), All Pakistan Mutahhida Students Organization (APMSO), etc. were a constant presence on campus. Interestingly in educational institutions today, students cannot even imagine a campus where their consent is necessary for any policy to be implemented by the university.

Photographer: Ramis Abbas

Mentored by Mahesh Shantaram





We will be exhibiting all these projects at Kalma Chowk Metro station and Canal Metro station Lahore Pakistan.

We would be pleased to have you at our exhibition and to share our overwhelming experience with you.

The event is open for public – Everyone’s invited!

February 17 – February 19
7 AM to 10 PM


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