The special panel set up by the University of Hong Kong to review security arrangements for last month's visit by Vice-Premier Li Keqiang is not transparent enough and lacks a deadline, critics say. The eight-member panel was appointed by the university council to review and make recommendations on the arrangements after a row erupted over the handling of Li's visit. Its first meeting was held yesterday. Its convenor, Lester Huang, a university council member and former president of the Law Society, told media after the three-hour meeting that the panel would gather the facts, seek opinions from students and staff, and make recommendations. But he failed to say when the panel would complete the review. 'We'll work quickly on this and try to get it finished as soon as possible, but I can't give you a date today,' Huang said. He said there was no plan to open the panel meetings to the public: 'We didn't discuss this matter today.' Steven Kwok Wing-kin, an alumni representative of concern group HKU Centenary Action, called on the panel to share minutes, even if meetings were not open to the public. HKU was criticised by students and alumni for what they saw as heavy-handed security tactics and for allowing Li to sit in the middle of the hall - symbolically overriding the status of its chancellor and pro-chancellor - during a ceremony to celebrate the university's centenary on August 18. Protesters were kept well away from the ceremony venue and three students were dragged to the ground and locked in a stairwell for nearly an hour during Li's campus visit. HKU on Monday submitted a document to the Legislative Council's security panel showing that the police had rejected the university's demands to put the protest zone closer to the venue. University representatives told the panel security guards had tried to mediate with the three student activists before police dragged them to the ground. Yesterday, Huang said the panel would ask staff involved in organising Li's visit and Samuel Li Shing-hong, one of the students detained, to provide information. It would also set up an e-mail account for the public to provide any information that might be useful. Huang said he would again ask the HKU students' union to nominate a representative to join the panel or an observer to monitor its work. It previously declined the invitation because its proposal for an independent investigation headed by a retired judge was rejected. The students' union planned to meet last night to work out its next move, its president James Li Tsz-shu said. Polytechnic University student Sam Wong Kai-hing, who was detained during Li's visit, said the panel should give a timetable for its review.