Gomal University, student, fine, Khyber Pakhtonkhwa

Students fined at Pakistan’s university for ‘listening to music’ at campus

The Gomal University in Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on March 21 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 underway.

The Chairman of the ICIT Department, Zia Ud Din, 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. 

Gomal University, student, fine, Khyber Pakhtonkhwa

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

The notification for the fine imposed on the students. Photo: Saeedullah Marwat

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

Gomal University Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Iftikhar Ahmed, while confirming the incident, said that “music that disturbs the educational environment” is banned in the university. 

He added that the administration does not have any issues if someone is listening to music without disturbing others.

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