Educational institutions deal with various sorts of ideas of how their students are to be groomed and acknowledged for the outside world. However, their are some public and private institutes that lead their students into making life decisions and learn from their mistakes, hence believing in controlling their students’ lives as much as possible.
Here are the most unnecessary restrictions that Pakistani universities place on their students.
National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad
The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) administration caused quite an uproar three years ago when it banned female students from wearing western dresses such as jeans and tights on campus.
According to the university’s business school dress code, boys have to wear ties and dress pants, while girls have to wear shalwar kameez so that they are used to dressing formally for work in the corporate sector.
“They cannot go in the field with their beards and jeans,” said Dr. Ashfaq Hasan Khan of the NUST Business School (NBS) administration in response to questions on the dress code.
National Textile University, Faisalabad
The management of National Textile University, Faisalabad, recently restricted the female students from wearing a long list of dresses and accessories that include; tight or see-through dresses, T-shirts, dress bearing language, art/slogans or printed picture, torn clothes, jogging or exercise clothes, untidy or immodest dress, loose shoes, stylish sun glasses and designer caps, shorts or sleeve-less shirts and shawls. But, the university has said that it will not penalize violators.
According to the management, the move is aimed to highlight a positive image of the institution alongside maintaining good moral, religious and cultural values. However, the students actually appreciated the restrictions and vowed to follow it.
Government College University, Lahore
The Government College University, Lahore, strictly prohibited its students from wearing jeans and ‘western attires’ within the university premises.
Following the ‘no jeans’ dress code, the administration of GVU issued a notice in 2009 that forced its students in to following the dress code.
University of Punjab, Lahore
The Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT) issued a dress code last year that forced the students to follow the codes on both campuses, at all times.
The restrictions were laid onto an official notice including; shorts of any kind, skin-tight clothes, loose-neck shirts, low-hung pants, slippers, printed shirts were banned for male students besides a restriction on sunglasses or p-caps inside classrooms.
Dupatta was made compulsory for female students; prohibited from wearing over-fitted, see-through and revealing dresses. And, in any case of violation the student will have to suffer a fine of Rs. 3,000 along with an inquiry through the Disciplinary Committee.
University of Sargodha, Lahore
University of Sargodha, Lahore, is the latest institution to banning its students from sitting “as a couple” within the university premises.
“In view of our cultural and religious bindings and complaints by the parents, inappropriate interaction between male and female students is hereby strictly prohibited within the University premises,” stated a notice issued by Dr. Arbab Khalid Cheema, secretary of the varsity’s discipline committee.
“Students are not allowed to sit anywhere in the University premises as a couple. However, they may sit in groups of three or more,” the notice adds.
University of Swat
Earlier this year, the University of Swat said it would fine students for sitting or walking with members of the opposite sex, both on and off campus. The HEC ranked 124th best university in Pakistan notified of fining its students up to Rs. 5,000 in case of violation.
Moreover, parents will also be called for an emergency meeting by the administration, as per the document signed by Chief Proctor Hazrat Bilal.