No Blue Jeans Or Tight Dresses, Please, We’re Pakistani


The National University of Sciences and Technology, a public research university in Pakistan, has apparently warned its female students against wearing blue jeans or tight-fitting clothes, lest they be fined.

A report that some co-eds have been hit with fines of 500 to 1,000 rupees (about $4.75 to $9.50) for not wearing the dupatta, the traditional long garment favored by many South Asian women.

The newspaper reported that management at NUST, which has campuses across Pakistan, has made wearing the dupatta mandatory, but NUST officials have denied they have issued such an explicit edict – rather, they claim they want their female students to dress “decently.”

NUST’s personal staff officer, Col. Mohsin, told that: “Shorts are not allowed [on] university’s premises. As far as the hijab is concerned, it is up to the will of parents.”

An unnamed faculty member told that the atmosphere on campus is very strict, since most of the top administrative officials are former army officers. (Indeed, NUST was originally founded as a research-education institution for military personnel.)

Male and female students are not allowed to sit together and they are fined for violation. Teachers and students know that they will be fired and [suspended] if they do anything against the will of the administration.

Reportedly, the students at the Islamabad and Rawalpindi campuses are greatly irritated by the conservative climate at the school, likening it to a military academy.

The lazy assumption that regimentation, discipline and uniformity makes one educated died [an un-mourned] death back in the early 20th century, El-Edroos wrote. Individuals associated with the military, bureaucracy or civil service who then venture into the education sector impose what they know to be the best system — or at the very least what they believe works best for themselves.

El-Edroos called such a ban the result of having administrators with little or no background in formal education.

This patronizing and condescending attitude of educational institutions towards their students which assumes that adults are unable to make good choices for themselves does little to help young adults mature and broaden their exposure if they continue to be treated as if they are in school, he added.

Higher education, or indeed any form of education, should be about inclusiveness, reducing barriers and encouraging individualism. These institutions are subsidized by the taxpayer, receive state land at a subsidized rate. To say, students should have to leave an institution of higher learning because of the clothes they wear does not conform to the administration’s world view shows how warped our idea of what education is and should be actually is.


  1. Its astonishing that how someone get out of no where and start lecturing us against any moral or social values if v have any left some where. u dont hv problem if there is a ban on wearing veil even if someone wants to wear it by her own choice. u dont hv problem if a person is denied admission in a uni due to his beard. but u hv a hell a lot of problem if a top ranked uni of pak is trying to teach their students some moral and ethical values to behave like humans instead of some street boys. they r actually macaulays child and they dont might even know it. they dont hv problems if in so called modern unis, our youth is using drugs and involved in a lots of other things that dont even belong 2 us in anyway, like people know celebrate Halloween, Diwali or even Christmas and so on. but they hv problem if an outstanding uni is having some rules and regulation for the students for their own good. plz give me a break n u need 2 come out of ur box for god sake.
    I m wondering whether this right of so called free speech is for us as well r it is just 4 u out there, the mods….
    I love u NUST for doing this. Keep up the good work and dont bother those who dont know who v r.

  2. good step taken by the management, we should transfer the good moral values into our new generation, not the traditions of west which we have adopted or adopting day by day. there is a hell of difference between the west culture and our traditions/culture, then why come people are not supporting this cause

  3. Majority of the students at NUST must agree that, wearing a short is inappropriate, well, we can clearly see, there’s always a personal limit of every human regardless of if they’re a Muslim or not, one cannot walk out in the street naked, because most of the humanity except naturists would hate this idea. So conclusion, there’s always a limit, and i’d say it doesn’t affect our ability to perform at all if we raise our limits a little higher, closer to the ones set by Islam. Media tends to be democratic while I have never seen democracy doing any good to Pakistan at political front.

  4. things get blaze that easily, sometimes it is a shock that after so much happening in Pakistan, all that the media is focusing is the rule set by NUST!
    i am a student at NUST islamabad campus, there is not a rule of dupatta being compulsory, secondly the thing said is that the dress should be decent, and there is no harm in that. NUST is the only top ranked university in Pakistan that is in international ranking. There is a reason for this as well, so try and focus on the thongs that should be in lime light rather than useless news and propaganda.

  5. administration of nust has introduced a good idea, because dress means a lot especially, for the students. We the muslims should appreciate this idea as it links us to our history and culture. Western countries are banning hijab in their areas with a reason that hijab is against their culture. Why we don’t condemn them for imposing ban on individual’s will. We are muslims and pakistani, we support nust measures to curb social evils.


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