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Punjab Clarifies Co-Education Ban in Private Colleges

    Punjab Clarifies Co-Education Ban in Private Colleges

    The Punjab government has not prohibited co-education in BS (Hons) degree programmes at private institutions in the province, according to Azhar Mashwani, the Focal Person to the Chief Minister (CM) Punjab on Digital Media.

    Mashwani took to Twitter to dispute stories claiming that the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) has declared a ban on co-education and published images of them.

    Furthermore, Raja Yasir Humayun Sarfaraz, Punjab Minister for Higher Education and Information Technology, has highlighted that PHEC has not issued any notification on co-education in private colleges in the province.

    How Did It All Begin?

    It all started yesterday, when 24News reported that PHEC had sought to prohibit co-education in BS (Hons) degree programmes at private institutions across the province.

    The incident was taken up by media outlets and extensively covered, drawing harsh condemnation from progressive segments of the province’s administration.

    As a consequence, CM Punjab’s Focal Person on Digital Media and Punjab Minister for Higher Education and Information Technology were obliged to come forth and clarify the province government’s official stance on the topic.

    The Facts

    While the Punjab administration has dismissed the development as a hoax, the journalist who first brought it to light stands by his assertion, generating much confusion.

    Because the screenshot supplied by the journalist looks to be genuine, it is conceivable that the ban on co-education was in the works.

    However, knowledge spread before any formal announcement, forcing the provincial authorities to hustle and save face by declaring the development to be fake news.

    Official Statement

    He said that the current Punjab government had not issued a new notification allowing co-education in private colleges, and that a journalist had lately obtained it and fabricated a narrative out of it in order to cause confusion.
    If that is the true, it begs the question of how private colleges in the province are able to exist while violating the PHEC’s criteria.

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