Update: Bacha Khan University has backtracked from its decision to ban mixed sitting and mingling of male and female students on campus.
The notification has been withdrawn by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dr. Saqlain Naqvi, saying that an inquiry has been initiated against the Assistant Chief Proctor, who issued the notification without consulting the senior administration.
Following the directives which made abaya compulsory for female students in Abbottabad, Bacha Khan University, Charsadda has issued a notice that mixed sitting of students is not allowed in the university premises.
Girls and boys are not allowed to sit or stand together according to the new notification. Those found violating the rule will be fined by the university administration.
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.
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 such notices in recent times.
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.