In a move set to become controversial, Delhi University’s Hindu college has issued an order urging its staff to “come properly attired” to college.
Earlier in September the varsity had issued guidelines to students to maintain a strict dress code on the education train journey, aboard the Gyanodaya Express.
However, Hindu college has stepped up the conservatism after some members of the staff reportedly wrote to the chairman of the governing body, complaining about indecently dressed staff members.
“Nearly 50% of the teachers in the college are women and all teachers should be clothed in a manner which is not objectionable. There is no definition to this, but teachers must follow some decorum in the college and staffroom. This notice has been issued because some teachers themselves complained about others,” said Praduman Kumar, principal, Hindu College.
In a move that has created a stir in the university, teachers lashed out against the notice, labeling it as sexist and against the ethos of an academic institution.
“This is absolutely preposterous. What is the definition of decent? What kind of clothing is decent? This move seems primarily aimed at the women staff members and it is extremely disgraceful that an institute of such repute is issuing notices that go against the essence of an institution like DU. We may have such notices being issued in every college because of this,” said Naveen Gaur, member Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA).
The notice also prohibits hard drinks, gambling and smoking on campus. In addition to that, teachers residing on campus have also been prohibited from making structural changes to their houses.
“Following the fiasco during the Alumni meet in July, we have taken these measures after complaints were filed with the chairman. There must be some decorum on campus and that is merely what we are trying to ensure,” Kumar added.