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UoP was closed to facilitate Gul Panra’s recording for PSL final

Nobody other than a few in the top management of the Peshawar University knew that the institution had actually been closed to facilitate the most popular Pashto singer

February 15, 2022
Popular Pashto singer Gul Panra was allowed to record songs for the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2022) in different parts of the university on the day. -File
Popular Pashto singer Gul Panra was allowed to record songs for the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2022) in different parts of the university on the day. -File

PESHAWAR: The University of Peshawar (UoP) was closed on Valentine’s Day on a strange pretext, but the actual matter turned out to be facilitating popular singer Gul Panra to record songs at the main academic blocks of the institution.

Had the university been opened, she wouldn’t have been able to do the recordings, said an academician, while talking to The News. The university administration through a formal notification issued a couple of days ago had stated that the university would remain closed in lieu of February 5 - Kashmir Day - on which seminars and other events had been arranged in the university.

The pretext seemed strange as it has never happened that an institution is closed because of a public holiday that has passed nearly two weeks ago. Also, the university was officially closed on February 5.

The events arranged on the occasion were voluntary, not compulsory though the university had asked the faculty and staff to hold events to show solidarity with the people of Kashmir.

Similar events were arranged in almost all the institutions - public and private - across the country. But none of them has declared another day as a “closed holiday” in lieu of a day that has already been observed as a holiday.

The notification was, however, taken positively and it was believed that the university administration wanted to avert any untoward happening on Valentine Day, which is also marked as Haya Day (modesty day) and a circle of students.

Also, in the past clashes were reported between those who observe the day as Valentine’s Day and those who mark it as Haya Day. Therefore, it was generally believed that the university administration was trying to play a clever game by keeping the university closed on the day so that no one would be able to celebrate Valentine or observe Haya Day.

‘Neither the bamboo will be there, nor the flute can be played upon’ was believed to be the goal of the university administration. But the actual matter turned out to be completely different. Nobody other than a few in the top management of the university knew that the institution had actually been closed to facilitate the most popular Pashto singer, Gul Panra, to have her songs recorded for the cricket tournament of the Pakistan Super League in different parts of the university on the day.

Some faculty members and students told this reporter that the artist and other members of the crew remained busy with the recordings. “Dances and loud music kept the university alive all day,” a university teacher said.

President Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) Dr Jamil Ahmad Chitrali uploaded a video message on social media late Monday evening and stated that the recording had continued since morning till his message and for this purpose, the entire university remained closed.

Later, PUTA through a press release condemned the closure of the university and demanded the Chancellor and Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman to conduct an impartial inquiry into the matter and suspend the vice-chancellor.

It merits a mention here that the University of Peshawar comprises 49 academic departments, three colleges and five centres of excellence for different disciplines where around 17000 students are enrolled.On the other hand, the spokesman for the university, Numan Khan, rejected the reports that the university had been closed for the recording.

He said the notification about the closure of the university had been issued a day before, the PSL organisers approached them for the recording for the final match. The spokesman said the team was allowed recording after the permission letter from the deputy commissioner’s office.

The letter issued by the DC office states: “Mr Shamsher Ali Khan, SK films, Lahore is allowed to hold the event - recording of video shoot regarding the PSL Final match from February 13 to 18 - at Islamia College, the University of Peshawar, cafes of Peshawar and the walled city.”

Numan said the recordings were held on Sunday and Monday and they had nothing to do with the holiday.The holiday was aimed at giving a long weekend to the university staff which remained busy holding events on Kashmir Day.

He said that only the song was not recorded. A short film about the university’s role had also been recorded as well wherein a classroom environment was created.All this had been done for the projection of the university, he said. He alleged that certain elements were using the event for own vested interest.

Comments

    gulzali khan commented 10 months ago

    Universities are for education and learning and not dancing and songs,. universities are for education and not for dancing and singing. Shame on those behind this.

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