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Punjab Education Dept takes on role of thought police?

By Web Desk

A letter dated March 27, 2015, sent by the Government of Punjab’s Higher Education Department to all rectors and vice-chancellors of public and private sector universities in the province, bearing the subject title “Anti-Pakistan and anti-cultural research topics/studies in universities of the Punjab” says that universities need to “play a constructive role in nurturing nationalism amongst the youth”.

Signed by a section officer, the letter says that “it has been pointed by various security agencies that Research Topics being given to the students in the universities of the Punjab were anti-Pakistan and anti-cultural in nature”.

It goes on to say that the “Competent Authority has taken a serious notice of this situation” and “desired that the Academia” should play a “constructive role in nurturing nationalism”. It says further that the management of the universities sensitize students to “avoid inculcation of anti-cultural and anti-Pakistan” feelings by giving appropriate topics for debate and research.

 

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A copy of the letter obtained by ARY Web Desk.

 

 

 

 

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