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Pakistan’s Hazara University announces strict dress code for staff and students

Students board a bus at the Quaid-e-Azam University campus in Islamabad. File

Tariq Butt, Correspondent

The Hazara University located in Manshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, Pakistan, has issued a new dress code for the students, faculty and administration staff working there.

According to a notification, the female students and staffers have been asked to wear an abaya, scarf and shalwar kameez instead of skinny jeans, tights and t-shirts. Excessive makeup, jewels and carrying large hand bags has also been forbidden.


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The males have been directed not to wear skin-tight jeans, shorts, chains and slippers. Long hair and ponytails are also not allowed anymore. Wearing a student identification card has also been made mandatory.

The administration staff has been directed to wear neat, clean and presentable clothes whereas the teachers are required to wear a black gown during lectures. They are also prohibited from wearing shorts, skinny jeans, slippers, earrings and wrist chains.

These proposals were approved in the 22nd meeting of the academic council held on December 29 last year under the chairmanship of the university dean.

The dress code has been implemented on the directives of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Governor Shah Farman who is the chancellor of the university.

KP government spokesman Kamran Bangash and special adviser on education to the chief minister welcomed the new development and said that students will be able to focus on their studies instead of engaging in a dress competition.

He added that the new dress code will level the field for the poor and wealthy as both the classes will almost be wearing the same kind of clothes.

"Each university is allowed to adopt its own dress code. The girls are not bound to follow the dress code strictly and no university is allowed to violate the set standards of the dress code in the province,” he argued.

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