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Trending on Twitter: Gomal University under fire for imposing fine on students for listing music

D I KHAN: A day after the incident, Gomal University’s poorly worded notification went viral on Twitter.

Twitterati expressed anger at the varsity for imposing Rs500 fine against two students for allegedly listing music during classes, sources said.

This is the second time within this month that a varsity of Pakistan has faced backlash on the internet over controversial decisions.

Last week, a video of a female student proposing to her university mate within the University of Lahore premises had taken Twitter by storm.

The varsity issued a letter in which it said the disciplinary committee has decided to expel the students.

According to details, the Gomal University management on Friday imposed a Rs5,000 fine on two students of its Institute of Computing and Information Technology (ICIT) Department for listening to music while classes were in session.

The ICIT Department Chairman Ziauddin said the two students had been playing music on a Bluetooth speaker in a teaching area of the varsity.

He added that their action disturbed the classes ongoing in the department at the time.

Both students were warned multiple times to stop [the music] and were fined when they did not [pay] heed to the requests,” the chairman said.

He added that the Bluetooth speaker was also confiscated from the students.

One of the students that were fined was enrolled in a master’s programme in the department, while the other is studying for his undergraduate degree.

GU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Iftikhar Ahmed said that the administration does not have any issues if someone is listening to music without disturbing others.

Speaking on the fine, the VC clarified that the administration has only banned smoking, drugs and political activity in the varsity.

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