NUST issue : What is all the fuss about??
The recent debate over the issue of NUST students getting fined for “wearing Jeans” or “Not wearing Dopatta” is somewhat a cause of misconception and over stated rules. What happened and what was stated differ in many aspects. Here is a brief summary of the incident.
This started in September 2013 when Old students and freshmen entered NUST. Old students saw that some things had changed in terms of new rules being introduced. New students saw that there are a lot of rules which they weren’t used to in their colleges and schools and they were shocked by all that and the freshmen felt weird in their first few weeks.
Some of the new rules included 3 roommates per room in the hostels for both boys and girls because of over crowdedness, they were not allowed to visit a cafeteria made for teachers which the students primarily used to occupy then they ‘co’ time was not allowed in cafés after 5pm and one café was allotted to girls and the other was assigned too boys.
Now what was made out of these rules was that NUST will impose a 7.30 pm curfew on the girls, Uniforms will be introduced at NUST H-12, NUST is a nest of Taliban ‘wanna-bes’ who are converting Pakistan‘s youth. Students started calling NUST a “madrassah” and began making creative memes and almost all of them were based on the 5 PM separation of cafés on the contrary students were still hanging out with each other on campus and they were allowed to sit together it was not banned. Later on these memes caught fire and ignoring all the other factors media concentrated on the particular yet small issue of not wearing jeans when only business students were not allowed to wear jeans as it was not a part of their formal dress code.
The students were exasperated over the hostel issue and the café seclusion which were totally side lined and the focus was given to an issue which had no worth at all. Misconceptions like girls are forced to wear dupattas on their heads, girls and boys throughout the 23 schools that are part of the NUST cannot wear jeans or tights, no inter-mixing is allowed,NUST has put in place a very strict authoritarian administrative place and is force feeding extremist religion to its students. While the truth on the other hand is that dupattas on shoulders and no jeans; only for students of business department.Girls can leave hostels at any time but are supposed to be back by 9.30, Intermixing is allowed and does happen. Only two secluded spots – the cafes are segregated after 5 pm. NUST is a Taliban ditch? Seriously? I don’t see that anywhere!
Recently the university Rector has held meeting with the student’s separately because of accommodation issues and the students have directly asked him any queries and concerns which they had.
In short all this was nothing but communication problems between the students and administration which the media gave needless hype to. All the issues are now hopefully been disentangled. There is a need to create balance and synchronisation within the students and the rules in position in order for things to proceed in an effective and peaceful way