By: IKRAM JUNAIDI
ISLAMABAD: The rector of National University of Sciences and Technology (Nust) H-11 Campus on Wednesday assured female students that in the future, the names of students who were fined would not be pasted on the notice board.
Rector Nust Engineer Mohammad Asghar said this while addressing female students of the Business School regarding the imposition of fines on students who were without dupatta or wearing jeans and tight.
The rector will also address male students on Thursday (today) to take them into confidence.
According to a notice pasted on the board of the university, 11 students were fined for various reasons, including smoking and eating in the labs. Seven students were fined for not wearing dupatta or wearing jeans and tight.
A document signed by Nust’s Deputy Director (Administration) Abdul Nasir said the female students were fined Rs500 to Rs1,000 for wearing jeans and tight and for not wearing dupatta.
These fines and pasting of the notice annoyed students and the matter was discussed on the social media.
A faculty member of the college, on condition of anonymity, said they were informed on Wednesday that female students would be addressed by the rector.
“He (the rector) said students should follow the instructions regarding their dress because it was for their own benefit. However, he admitted that it was wrong to paste the names of students on the notice board,” he said.
“Mr Asghar assured the students that the incident would not be repeated, adding that students should be aware that they bring a good or bad name to the university,” he said.
Principal of Nust Business School Dr Ashfaque Hassan Khan, while talking to Dawn, said the rector’s address was necessary to give students confidence and to show that the management cared about them.
“There is no dress code but in the Business School, we tell students and their parents during the orientation session that they should wear formal dresses,” he said.
“Males have to wear a necktie which cannot be worn on a T-Shirt and Jeans. Similarly, girls should wear dupatta, shalwar and kamiz because that is part of the corporate culture. After getting education, they will go in the market to find jobs and they should be prepared,” he said.
Dr Ashfaque Hassan added that the institution was being run since 1992 and such an issue had never been faced before.
“We have decided to hold an inquiry to ascertain who uploaded the copy of the notice on social media,” he said.
He added that the rector had told female students that the management would ensure security of students.
“On Thursday, he will speak to the boys. There are 2,500 students residing in the hostels and the management has to provide them all the facilities,” he said.
Dr Ashfaque said students had been warned several times about the violations but they had not followed the instructions.
Therefore, as a last option, the violators had been fined.
However, he added that it was already decided that in the future, such notices would not be pasted on the board.
A student of the university said the rector’s address had boosted the student’s morale and they hoped they would have better relations with the management in the future.
Deputy Director (Administration) Abdul Nasir, while talking to Dawn, said the issuance of the notice was an internal affair of the university and that such issues should not be published in the media.