After abaya made compulsory for female students in Abbottabad, Bacha Khan University, Charsadda has now issued a notice that mixed sitting of students is strictly not allowed in the university premises.
The new set of rules was announced in a notification issued by the varsity earlier this month. The notification said: “The violators shall be penalized without any further warning. This shall be treated as the first and last warning.”
According to media reports, the notification has been issued following complaints from the parents. The university administration believes that the step will curb indecent activities which result from mixed sitting on-premises. In addition, the decision came after students misbehaved with a teacher, GNN News reported.
This is another absurd rule, however, the universities in Pakistan are used to imposing such rules for its students. From the six-inch rule to ban on mixed gatherings and wearing jeans, there have been plenty of incidents which show the poor state of affairs in our educational institutions.
The backlash from students and social media on mandatory abaya rule made the KP Education department change its decision. The same can be expected from the students of Bacha Khan University.
Moreover, the varsity’s administration banned the use of rooftops of all campus buildings, including hostels. The use of shawls and ragging of new students has also been prohibited.
Some of the students appreciated the new set of rules, but others were apprehensive.
Furthermore, the university has barred students from smoking.
According to Chief Proctor Dr Muhammad Shakeel, smoking was already banned at every educational institution. On the shawl ban, he explained that it was a security measure.