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University of Lucknow enforces Shivratri ban on Valentines day

The university's decision has created a huge row. "All students are hereby informed that on 14.2.2018, the university will remain closed on the occasion of Maha Shivratri", the notice said.

In a bizzare incident, Lucknow University issued an advisory asking its students to not roam in the university premises on Valentine's Day. "Disciplinary action will be taken against those found sitting or roaming in the campus", Singh added.

"We appeal to all the respected parents of the students who study in the university not to send their wards to the campus".

"A few words may have been included owing to an oversight by the proctor office", he said.

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The university said that V-Day "is just another working day" and that it expects students to focus on classes instead of other activities.

Many students objected the advisory of university by saying that ordering students to not enter in University was "Tuglaqi farman". The students of Lucknow University were not happy with the circular and called out the university for its narrow-mindedness.

In 2009, the university had hit media headlines after it banned students from carrying flowers and bouquets on Valentine's Day. "This order is meant to prevent outsiders from entering the university and polluting the atmosphere here", Singh said. Valentine's Day customs, like exchanging flowers and chocolates, were banned on the LU campus previous year too.

In the order, the university says it is closed for "Mahashivratri", the day celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture, but the intro suggests something else.

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