Lucknow, February 14: The Lucknow University on Wednesday closed its doors for students after issuing an advisory that they will not be allowed to roam inside the university premises on Valentine’s Day.
The university warned of disciplinary action against students found “sitting or roaming” on its campus on the Valentine’s Day, when the varsity has announced a holiday on account of Mahashivratri festival. (Also read: Bajrang Dal, Hindu Mahasabha Threaten to Marry Off Couple Celebrating Valentine’s Day)
An ‘advisory’ issued by LU Proctor Vinod Singh also urged the parents no to send their wards to the university on February 14. “It has been seen in the past years that some students, influenced by western culture, celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14,” it said.
“We want to inform all students of the university that both the campuses of the university will remain closed on account of Mahashivratri and no extra classes, practicals cultural programme will be held,” the advisory said.
“We all appeal the parents of the students no to send their wards to the university. Disciplinary action will be taken against those found sitting or roaming on the campus,” Singh said in the advisory dated February 10.
Earlier in 2009, authorities had banned carrying of flowers, bouquets and gifts on campus on Valentine’s Day, to prevent any untoward incidents or misbehavior with girls.
With inputs from Agencies