Rules can sometimes be the ultimate deal-breakers for students looking to have the wholesome college experience. It’s perfectly legitimate for institutions to impose certain restrictions on the use of mobile phones, given the fact that they are a major source of distraction. But, how far can they go?
This viral video of a Pakistani man smashing cell phones of students on the premises of Avicenna Medical College shows just how far institutions can go, in terms of imposing ridiculous rules.
Soon after a Twitter user posted the video online and added that the dean of the college is “A real psychopath”. He says that the university administration collected cell phones from all the students during an inspection and destroyed them.
This is from a medical college in Lahore. The state of these fucking institutions. pic.twitter.com/dkTy4UVUHM
— Shumail (@Shumyl) 4 February 2018
Confiscated from students during lectures or just using it on the premises. The dean of this college is a real psychopath.
— Shumail (@Shumyl) 4 February 2018
In the video, another man is heard requesting to at least save the sim cards or just hand the phones to someone who may need it, but (obviously) to no avail.
In the same Twitter thread, the man who posted the video claimed that even parents couldn’t do much about the situation as the dean would insult them too.
Dean is also a harasser and really abusive. He will insult your parents and really make your life a living hell if you rub him the wrong way so people don’t talk about it publicly. What I don’t understand is parents sending their kids to an institute like that.
— Shumail (@Shumyl) 5 February 2018
Avicenna College Professor Gulfreen Waheed told the Express Tribune says that allowing the students to bring cell phones in classrooms will damage the learning environment of the campus.
But this claim holds no water after what another student exposed about the college.
According to a Twitter user named @shazisaraptor, the cell phones were ceased from a new batch of students and who were promised no harm would come to their phones if they turned them in.
That’s not all @shazisaraptor, claimed that college imposes fines for taking sick leaves and even shames girls with ‘loose morals’. What followed, was a barrage of complaints against the institutions across Pakistan, and draconian rules set by the administration.
#1 One user shared a picture of a receipt for a fine of Rs 2000 that was imposed just because he was ‘chitchatting with girls’
Here … pic.twitter.com/6CrgbUwkJs
— Umar Aftab Butt (@documaraftab) 4 February 2018
#2 Another user said that a professor called in students for a lecture that went on till 4 in the morning!
One of my friend used to study here and she left in second prof. Since Dean is an idiot used to take their classes til 4.00 am even in Ramzan
— Bilal A.Salimi (@BilalSalimi91) 5 February 2018
#3 Others expressed their anger over the institutions ridiculous ways
This society has become so extremist that commonsense and respect for an individual is no longer a consideration.This man destroying students property is a criminal act but who will listen as he is supposed to be enforcing discipline albeit in a destructive manner
— Le Critique (@JP_IH) 5 February 2018
#4 It’s a violation of human rights.
Med students in Pakistan don’t realize how almost every “rule” is a violation of their human rights & basic dignity. We need a better system!
— Urfa B. (@UrfaBhatti) 5 February 2018
It’s absolutely legitimate for institutions to pose certain restrictions on students, but moral policing to this extent is just not acceptable. Institutions of higher learning are expected to impart holistic education and personality development, but that doesn’t seem to be the reality.