Lahore: The University of Engineering and Technology of Lahore had earlier issued a notification to those running its canteens and cafeterias to ensure that male and female students sit separately. It was soon withdrawn after Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar took notice of the news.
The notification stated that the compliance of the policy is mandatory for the owners of cafeteria and canteens. If the instructions are not followed the respective cafeterias and canteens will be sealed. The notification also added that the Vice-Chancellor will occasionally visit the cafeterias to evaluate the segregation.
Prof Dr. Mansoor Sarwar, the vice-chancellor, claimed that he was not aware of the notification and he withdrew it as soon as he heard about it. He claimed that disciplinary action will be taken against the official who issued the notification without any consultation.
On March 3, a department of the UET imposed a dress code for its students with a fine of Rs5,000 for each violation. The university’s Business and Management department issued a notification on Saturday detailing the dress code, which will be enforced from March 11.
The dress code bars women from wearing jeans, tights, sleeveless shirts and capri pants. The notification says that the length of a kameez should at least be till the knee. Women can also not wear deep necks (it didn’t specify what constitutes a deep neck) or trousers with kameezes. They also have to wear dupattas or scarves.
Men have been instructed to wear shalwar kameez on Fridays. They also are only allowed to wear dress pants and shirts or shalwar kameez with a waistcoat on regular days, paired with dress shoes. Students who fail to follow the dress code will not be allowed to attend classes, a notification said.