A Chennai engineering college circular purportedly containing various dress and moral codes for girl students has gone viral on social media, leading to a furore over the ‘draconian’ rules.
The “internal circular”, said to be issued by the Sri Sairam Engineering College in Chennai for its girl students, surfaced on various online platforms on Monday.
The circular lists 14 “big NOs for girl students” and other instructions for both genders. Sample these : "No birthday celebrations, no mobiles, no pen drives, should not have an account in Facebook, WhatsApp, should not talk to boy students."
Here is a screen shot of the circular containing all 22 instructions.
When contacted by Hindustan Times, the college authorities denied issuing such a circular. “We have never issued any circular like that. This is done by some miscreants who want to spoil our name in public. There is no college seal, there is no college letterhead. Our college is one among the top 10 and they want to spoil our image. We have forwarded a complaint to cyber crime and we will take action soon,” said Dr K Maran, a professor of the college.
A 2011-2015 batch student who graduated from the college just two months back said: "What is given in the circular is only a trailer. The main picture can be seen in the general rules document they supply during orientation."
The general rules document accessed by HT from the
showed ‘99’ different rules and regulations to be followed by all students during the tenure. Some of the rules included in the circular, which went viral, can also be seen in the general rules document.
“All problems were because of a non-teaching staff member who used to thrash students for indiscipline. In 2010, many students protested against him and asked for his removal but he is still around,” added the graduate.
According to the same graduate even though the circular itself is draconian the teachers can't be blamed."The non-teaching staff like the floor managers who enforced these rules has to be blamed. They were extremely strict."
This is not the first time the Sri Sairam College is facing trouble because of non-teaching staff members. In 2010, students staged a massive protest in front of the college and a railway station in Chennai against the management after the non-teaching staff member assaulted two students for indiscipline. They called for immediate removal of the staff member and dispersed only after they were promised immediate action.
Alumni of the college insist that the college has controversial rules.
A 2004-2008 batch student of the college said: "This is an old circular. The student who put it up on the net was from my batch. But, yes all these rules are followed even now. There were surprise checks as well. Current batch students also got similar rules, but not this bad, I suppose."
"These rules are followed unofficially. I don't remember this being in printed format when I was there. But yes they followed them rigourously. There were 'floor supervisors' who enforced these rules and punishments were severe. Non-teaching staffs particularly one guy who I don't want to name created a lot of trouble during my time,” a 2009-2013 batch student said.
After the circular went viral on social media platforms, Kavita Krishnan, secretary of the All India Progressive Women's Association, termed the rules as draconian.
A former student of the college has
, the popular user-managed website, to talk about the college’s rules. "I did my Engineering/Jail term in Sairam engineering college, Chennai," he said about the institute.
According to former students several engineering colleges in Chennai have similar controversial disciplinary rules to attract the attention of parents who want a safe college environment for their children.