Two Pakistani universities – University of Engineering & Technology in Lahore and Institute of Business & Management – issued a new dress code last week which will be imposed from 11th March 2019. According to the notification, female students are strictly prohibited from skinny jeans or sleeveless tops and are directed to wear a dupatta or a scarf, whereas the male students are asked to avoid wearing jeans and are directed to don Shalwar Kameez on Fridays and observe a formal dress code that includes dress pants, dress shirt along with a tie on regular days.
The violation would lead to Rs. 5000 fine besides prohibition to attend the classes that day.
The local authority says that the idea of imposition such a dress code is to groom students regarding formal dressing, and professional priming.
According to the notification, females will not be allowed to wear sleeveless shirts, deep necks, tights, Capri pants or skinny jeans, while males will have to wear a waistcoat on Friday with Shalwar Qameez and formal dress with dress shoes on regular days.
The new dress code has received a mixed response from the students and masses. Similar dress code is being followed by Bahria University, Iqra University, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, NUST, IIU Islamabad despite being criticized by both the students and the masses.