Lucknow University Bars Students From Campus On Valentine's Day

| February 14 , 2018 , 13:22 IST

In a bizarre move, authorities at Lucknow University in an attempt to dissuade students from celebrating Valentine's Day issued a notice declaring 14th of February a holiday.

The notice also asked the students, "not to roam" inside the premises of the university on Valentine's Day. The University says that it doesn't want students to celebrate Valentine's Day because it is "Western culture".

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While the holiday has been declared in the name of Mahashivratri, the campus has been declared out of bounds for students threatening them with disciplinary action. The University has even appealed to the parents and guardians to ensure that their wards do not come to campus.

Students found roaming about the campus would be punished, read the revised order.

Lucknow University Proctor Professor Vinod Singh reportedly said, "In recent years, we have observed that students, influenced by Western culture, celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14. Students enrolled in the university are notified that the campus is closed on February 14, 2018, for 'Mahashivaratri'."

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The advisory states that classes would remain suspended, and that no extra classes or practical exams would take place on the day. Valentine's Day customs, like exchanging flowers and chocolates, were banned on the LU campus last year too.

The students of Lucknow University are not happy with the circular and have criticised the University administration for its narrow-mindedness.