In a first, Lucknow University has declared Valentine’s Day a holiday!
In a notice issued the university has asked its students not to roam inside the campus of the institution on Valentine’s Day and warned of disciplinary action against those violating the order.
The university would remain closed on account of Maha Shivratri on Wednesday, it said.
“It has been seen in the past years that some students, influenced by western culture celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14. We want to inform all students of the university that both the campuses of the university will remain closed on account of Maha Shivratri and no extra classes, practicals cultural programme will be held,” the advisory issued by LU Proctor Vinod Singh on February 10 said.
Lucknow University issues advisory to its students to not to roam inside the premises of the university on Valentine's Day (14.2.2018). Disciplinary action will be taken against whosoever is found violating the advisory. pic.twitter.com/dQ8cdESICK
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The notice dated February 10, has faced severe backlash and has been slammed by the students, who have called it ‘an example of chhoti soch (narrow mindedness)’ on part of the university.
To ensure there is absolutely no nod to V-Day customs – like exchanging flowers and chocolates – the university has declared February 14 a holiday, citing ‘Mahashivratri’ as the reason.
The advisory further asked students not to organise any cultural programmes or fests on that day and also requested the parents not to send their wards to the university.
“There will be no classes, practical examinations or cultural programmes. Students are advised not to come to the university on the said date. The parents are also requested not to send their wards to the university,” the order said. “If anyone is found roaming or loitering on the campus unnecessarily, disciplinary action will be taken as per rules,” it warned.
However, the order has not gone down well with the students. “You’ve declared a holiday on that day, but telling students to not enter university premises isn’t right at all. If we won’t enter the university, then who will?” asked one student, reported Indian Express.
This is not the first time that Lucknow University has been in the news regarding Valentine’s Day. Last year, the varsity had asked students not to bring gifts or flowers to campus on Valentine’s Day to prevent any untoward incident or harassment of women.
In 2014, the university had come up with a list of rules to be followed by students on February 14.