University of Engineering and Technology Lahore on Sunday reportedly banned mixed gatherings and disallowed students from sitting together in the canteen.

According to a notification which surfaced on social media, the university canteens and cafeterias were instructed to make “separate sitting arrangements with suitable partition” for male and female students. The notification ordered immediate action and stated that failure to comply with it will lead to the canteen/cafeteria being sealed. It also said that the vice-chancellor or resident officer can make surprise visits to ensure that the rules are being strictly followed.

However, a few hours later, it was reported that UET retracted the notification and said that the notification was issued without the vice chancellor’s approval.