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Lucknow University declares holiday on February 14 citing Maha Shivratri

13 Feb 2018 | By Gogona Saikia
Lucknow University shuts down on Valentine's Day

In a unique development, the Lucknow University has declared a holiday on February 14 citing Maha Shivratri.

Interestingly, the notification begins by saying: "It has been seen that influenced by western culture, young people celebrate February 14 as Valentine's Day."

Students have been forbidden to enter the campus tomorrow.

Expectedly, the notice has garnered a lot of criticism, especially from students.

In context: Lucknow University shuts down on Valentine's Day

13 Feb 2018Lucknow University declares holiday on February 14 citing Maha Shivratri

Notice warns of disciplinary action against violators

After mentioning the celebration of Valentine's Day by "young people," the notice says: "Students of the co-ed campus are informed that the university will remain closed on February 14 for Maha Shivratri. There will be no extra classes, no practical examinations nor any cultural event."
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The full advisory issued by the proctor

Lucknow University has a history of bizarre V-Day notices

HistoryLucknow University has a history of bizarre V-Day notices

Right-wing groups are known to unleash violence on Valentine's Day, even assaulting couples seen together on the roads.

But such a diktat from an educational institution is uncommon.

However, this isn't the first time Lucknow University has issued instructions for Valentine's Day.

In 2014, it released a list of dos and don'ts for students. Last year, it prohibited students from bringing gifts or flowers.

Want to prevent any undesirable incident: University proctor

University proctor Vinod Singh said this is an attempt to prevent any "undesirable incident." "The university is closed for Maha Shivratri. All offices will be closed and most of the staff won't be here. So we don't want any undesirable incident to take place," he said.

ReaxStudents question the "example of choti soch"

Students aren't happy with this "example of choti soch." "You've declared a holiday, but telling students to not enter premises isn't right. If we won't enter the university, who will?" asked one.

"Why don't they issue such notices on other holidays?" asked another.

"We are adults and the university has no right to tell us what to do and what not," a third protested.