The University of Swat (UoS) suspended its chief proctor Hazrat Bilal for ordering male and female students not to mingle on and off the campus, local media reported.
The notice, dated April 14, 2016, issued by chief proctor Hazrat Bilal said male and female students would be penalised if found mingling inside or outside the campus premises.
“All the students of University of Swat are informed hereby that Boys and Girls are not allowed to sit or walk together within the campuses or outside the campuses,” the notification states.
“If any student male or female found sitting or walking together in the campus or outside the campus, a penalty ranging from Rs. 50 to 500 will be imposed and an emergency meeting will be called with their parents,” it added.
As the notification triggered debate on gender discrimination, PRO UoS Aftab Ahmed on Friday stated that the Vice Chancellor has constituted a committee to investigate the matter.
A statement posted on the UoS s official Facebook page, released from its PR office, said issuance of notices pertaining to varsity policy matters is the prime responsibility of the registrar office and “no other official is entitled to notify any policy related order”.
“Vice Chancellor cleared and expressed that there is no space for gender discrimination at varsity and condemned the fake notification from unidentified person,” said the statement.