Bahria University enforces gender segregation

Bahria University in Pakistan has come up with stringent measures, whereby female and male students will not be allowed to form groups or sit together. This information was communicated in the form of a notice. 

Pakistani media has revealed that Bahria University’s registrar asked the teaching fraternity to ensure that females and males seated separately whenever they were being taught.

Bahria University’s new policy

The new approach at this learning institution has also prohibited the formation of discussion groups between female and male students, despite their importance in academic work.

The notice presented has also hindered movement among the students because class timetables are required to be created in such a manner that they do not have ample time to aid movement between the university’s campuses. 

The new requirement by Bahria University also necessitates classes to be held back-to-back so that any likelihood of male-female learners’ interactions can be hindered. 

This strategy has, however, received considerable criticism based on media reports. 

Bahria University seen as regressive

Various Twitter users in Pakistan have slammed the resolution made by Bahria University as it is being seen as a backward step. 

These concerns have been aired because Bahria University is an expansive learning institution comprising of many campuses in different cities, such as Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore. 

Conversely, in a recent speech, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mehmood, explained that he would like to see universities in the country sending out job creators instead of job seekers.

He asserted that Pakistan’s success was dependent on how universities educate students so that they can generate new work opportunities as compared to being seekers of already existing ones.  

Mehmood also asked universities to ensure that their teachings and curriculums were conversant with the nation’s urge for a workforce that has distinctive capabilities in job creation. He was of the idea that an educated majority would elevate Pakistan’s economy and development.