It seems that Pakistani universities, especially medical ones, are in the news all of a sudden over how they are treating their students.
Two separate incidents in those medical colleges and universities have ignited a debate over social media about how these institutions are supposed to behave with their students.
Fined for Chatting
Over at M. Islam Medical and Dental College from Gujranwala, two students were fined Rs. 2000 for ‘standing outside the classroom for chitchat’.
Gossiping outside classrooms in academic institutions is typically discouraged to prevent noise. Banter and yap is for the cafeteria and university grounds. But these students were not fined for disrupting the academic atmosphere. The following photo displays a charge of ‘misconduct’ for having stood with a member of the opposite gender (as implied by some journalists).
Medical college student in a college in the Pakistani city of Gujranwala fined Rs 2000 – college note says fine imposed for “standing with a girl and having a chitchat outside class” pic.twitter.com/DB3o7bKDW0
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) February 1, 2018
The penalty receipt has reportedly been confirmed. The students were “checked by the ex-director”, which indicates the severity of the matter.
The photo has gone viral over the subject of gender segregation in an adult atmosphere. Most people argue that this form of distinction in professional schools would leave students unprepared for future interactions. They insist that it is important for young men and women to learn to speak to the opposite gender in a respectful manner.
Going Beyond Just Confiscating Cell Phones
In another video from a medical university in Pakistan, the administrative staff is observed hammering cell phones to the point of no return.
Reports and eye witness accounts state that this incident happened at Avicena College in Lahore (viewer discretion is advised for the following video, given its usage of strong language):
This is from a medical college in Lahore. The state of these fucking institutions. pic.twitter.com/dkTy4UVUHM
— Shumail (@Shumyl) February 4, 2018
It seems no phones were spared in this massacre.
Its not unheard of universities in Pakistan to discourage cell phones and the internet. But the tactics adopted by administration at Avicenna raise eyebrows. Many Twitter users blogged about the matter. Some call it “dictatorial”. Others think it is “totalitarian”. Everyone is agitated.
More gems. Prisons are less bureaucratic than this girls hostel. Smartphones not allowed in 2018. Jeans are haram. Girls must measure exact lengths of their shirts to be two inches below their knees. pic.twitter.com/LdbpKWCuQq
— Rizla. (@RizWanKenobi_) February 5, 2018
I don’t hate my dental college as much now. Even though we for suspended from college for going on an unofficial trip, and our campus is the size of a shoe box. But damn. Avicena is prison. I hope it gets better https://t.co/sA0cdFjDBi
— خليله (@Albatrouz_) February 5, 2018
My cousin has done his MBBS from this medical college. All of this is true. The guy who runs the thing is ex-army.
Once called upon a nikkah-khuan after discovering a guy’s number on a girl’s phone during a class inspection. https://t.co/Gxi9cVZQUN
— Sohail (@SohailAbid) February 5, 2018
Some rules from the uni website pic.twitter.com/FEqDuyJor6
— Awais Salman (@ovaissalman) February 5, 2018
Policing students’ private lives, fining them for talking to someone from the opposite sex, forcing girls to wear a yellow dupatta for ‘loose morals’ has nothing to do with ‘discipline’. This is abuse of power, culturally-sanctioned by a society comfortable with authoritarianism.
— Ammar Rashid (@AmmarRashidT) February 5, 2018
Everyone, that is, except Avecina administration itself …
Avicena College has completed 25 years of educational excellence
— Attique Ahmed Dar (@AjkDarsb) January 24, 2018