A Pakistani university will celebrate Sisters’ Day on February 14 to promote “Islamic traditions”, according to the vice chancellor.
Female students can be gifted scarves and Abayahs (clothes) as decided by Vice Chancellor Zafar Iqbal Randhawa of the University of Agriculture in Faisalabad and other decision makers, Dawn news reported.
The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad will not be allowing its students to celebrate Valentine’s Day to promote eastern values and Islamic culture, according to the university’s vice-chancellor.
Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14, and is seen as purely a Christian event in many Muslim countries.
“We are preparing a plan to distribute scarf, shawls and gowns printed with UAF insignia among female students on the day,” Dr Zafar Iqbal Randhawa said in a statement on Sunday. “In our culture, women are more empowered and earn due respects as sisters, mothers, daughters and wife.”
The VC proudly took credit for the idea and requested “wealthy” people to donate money to buy the gowns and scarves.
He also inaugurated the signage titled “I love UAF” established near Clock Tower of the university.
Dr Randhawa further said that the youth must devote their energies towards their education, knowledge and become the skilled manpower. “In the modern era, only knowledge-based economies will flourish. We have to inculcate knowledge of our heroes’ lives in the youth so that they can prove their mettle by following their footprints,” he added.
The University of Agriculture (UAF) is ranked 4th in Pakistan and 1st in the field of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences by HEC Ranking 2015.