The Lucknow University administration on Tuesday directed its students not to enter the campus "at any cost" on Valentine's Day, declaring a holiday for the first time for Mahashivaratri so that "young people influenced by western culture" do not celebrate February 14.
The university's decision has created a huge row.
In a fresh advisory issued by the authorities of the Lucknow University, the University had declared Valentine's Day 2018 as a holiday for all the students. It said that "anyone found to be sitting or roaming around the campus" will face disciplinary actions. Apart from issuing the advisory, the Lucknow University also asked the parents to not to send their children to campus on February 14. The University says that it doesn't want students to celebrate Valentine's Day because it is "Western culture".
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Students protested against the move and called it "an example of chhoti soch". Later, in 2014 the varsity also issued a list, telling students do's and don'ts of Valentine's Day. They have asked why the college declared an holiday on Valentines day, and why can't students enter the college, since it defeats the goal of the establishment. "But students are informed that tomorrow is a holiday at the university for Mahashivratri". If we won't enter the university, then who will?'. In 2016, the university had asked students not to bring gifts or flowers to college on Valentine's Day.
But, the advisory/circular has now gone viral and the students from the university have slammed it, calling it ridiculous and regressive.
The university is no stranger to controversy surrounding Valentine's Day.