FAST-National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan’s leading university in computer sciences, has once again reinforced its commitment to administer moral policing at the campus. Eulogizing its stance as ‘code of conduct’, the university’s administration demands from its students to observe strict and conservative dress code and related social norms. The failure to do so can lead to disciplinary action.
According to an email recently circulated among the faculty members, the administration and senior faculty has displayed it unflinching resolve to uphold university’s ‘code of conduct’. The exact text of the email, received by The Laaltain, is being reproduced here:
[blockquote style=”2″]Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the faculty members of FAST-NU, Lahore Campus, I would like to remind you some important behavioural norms for compliance. These norms are part of the list of University Code of Conduct (refer page 142-43) of the 2014 prospectus.
(a) The students are expected to dress keeping in view the local cultural values. The dress should not have any script or image, which appears to be provocative or indecent. Students should not wear tight or see-through dress, shorts, or sleeveless shirts.
(b) Female students should wear minimum knee-length shirts. The students are not expected to put on makeup or expensive jewellery.
(c) Students are strictly reminded that gender mixing is permissible only within the accepted social and cultural norms of the society. Faculty tolerance should not be construed as an approval to undue intimacy and unacceptable proximity, openly or in isolated areas.
Indeed, on this subject, I would like to draw your attention to the Holy Qur’an (7:26):
You are advised to voluntarily comply with these norms. Non-compliance can be checked by faculty members by referring the case of any student to the disciplinary committee.”[/blockquote]