FROM now on,if Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students want to meet their Vice-Chancellor,the boys will have to wear sherwanis while the girls will have to be dressed according to customs and traditions of the university.
In an open letter addressed to students Saturday,Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah said: Students who wish to meet me in office will be dressed in sherwani. If you dont possess one,you can borrow from your friend for the purpose,till yours is stitched. He added that he would be happy to see students in sherwanis on Fridays and during university functions also.
Sherwani is the universitys traditional dress. The university provides cloth for sherwanis to each student and charges a fixed amount for it at the time of admission. There are fixed tailors who make sherwanis for AMU students, said university spokesperson Rahat Abrar,adding that studentsdont wear sherwanis even on important occasions now.
There is no fixed dress code for girls,but they are supposed to dress according to the customs and traditions of the university, said Abrar.
In another decision,the university has banned motorcycles in boys hostels from the next academic session,which begins on August 12. The decision comes a few days after a girl of IIT-Roorkee was allegedly molested in the universitys guest house by two youths who later escaped on a motorcycle.
In his open letter,Shah urged parents not to permit their sons and wards to bring motorcycles to the university,saying they will not be provided hostel accommodation. He said if a student can afford a motorcycle,he can also afford to live outside the campus as a non-resident student. Shah also said the motorcycle culture was exacerbating class conflicts between the rich and poor students.
The number of bikes is increasing on the campus. Hostels are barely one kilometre away and students can easily walk to their classes, said Abrar.
Stating that criminal elements operate motorcycle gangs,Shah,who completes one year in office next month,also expressed concern about non-student criminals being given shelter by some hostel inmates.
In order to get rid of this menace,I intend to get all hostels fully vacated during the period from July 1-July 15,except the medical interns hostels. Research scholars will also have to vacate their rooms during this period and they should re-plan their research and academic activity accordingly,with their supervisors, he said.