A day after students of a Borivali law college complained about “Taliban-style” dress code instituted by the college authorities, Mumbai University (MU) officials said they did not support such dress codes that inconvenience students.
A circular issued by Nalanda College of Law in Borivali (W) on October 10 mandating a strict dress code banned girls from wearing skirts, shorts and sleeveless tops and included a ban on displaying body piercings and tattoos. Not only this, the college has asked boys also to wear only formal white shirts and black trousers with different coloured ties based on the year they are studying in.
The circular states: “Girls should not wear heavy ornaments. Make up should be sober and unobtrusive. Translucent dresses are forbidden. Dresses should be comfortable and sufficiently loose to facilitate work without physical restraint. Lady students should wear tops with sleeves which should be minimum of 4 inches in length and the top should be atleast 7 inches below the waist. Slipons/slippers, floaters are strictly prohibited.”
While the college principal justified the move and called this a “disciplinary measure”, students called it a “Taliban Style” diktat.
“How can they threaten to penalise us if we do not follow this weird rule. They told us that if we do not follow the rules it will be treated as disciplinary misconduct. We will approach the MU students grievance cell if they continue this diktat,” said a second year law student.
Another student said, “Last week one of my friend was pulled up for wearing a light blue shirt instead of white. We can’t wear t-shirts, we can’t wear coloured shirts, these rules are so unfair.”
When contacted the principal of the college Pravin Singhal declined to comment saying it is an internal matter of the college and it is they who will take disciplinary measures and not students.
Dr M A Khan, registrar of MU said, “There is no University rule that colleges must impose a dress code. If students are inconvenienced university will not support such a move. Such decision which leads to unrest between college management and students should not be taken. Students can always approach the students’ grievance cell.”
DRESS CODES AND BANS IN CITY COLLEGES OVER THE YEARS:
March 2014: The director Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute had issued a circular calling for a ban on celebration of “special days” (rose day, saree day, tie day friendship day etc.) on campus.
June 2010: Krishna Menon College at Bhandup had banned ‘figure-hugging’ jeans in its premises. Three girls were even denied admissions after the administration noticed them wearing jeans
February 2010: Parshvanath College of Engineering at Thane had banned its students from wearing T-shirts and jeans to college. The college authority also confiscated students ID cards if they wear found wearing t-shirts, and slapped fine of Rs 500 on them as well.
Other such bans :
St Xavier’s College
St Xavier’s college’s strict dress code dates back to 1997 when the principal banned the annual prom because girls ‘dressed inappropriately’.
St Andrew’s college
St Andrew’s Bandra has not only banned sleeveless tops and skirts but also banned capris and shorts.