There’s good news for girls going to college in Uttar Pradesh. They can wear jeans to class.
The diktat against girls wearing jeans in degree colleges by the so-called Uttar Pradesh Principals’ Council has been done away with.
The state government has issued a stern warning to the principals’ council that imposed the dress code on girl students in aided colleges.
Secretary to the Chief Minister and Higher Education secretary Kamran Rizvi said the government was totally against any ban or dress code and that girls were free to wear jeans in colleges.
“No aided college which gets grants from the government is authorised to formulate any order which is against the policy of the government. We’ve never issued any order on a dress code and the order of the principals’ council holds no water,” he said.
Rizvi said state government officials had spoken to the handful of principals of degree colleges in Kanpur and asked them to withdraw the order. “If they do not withdraw this order, stringent action will be initiated against them,” he said.
On the status of the UP Principals’ Council that was not recognised by the principals of degree colleges in Lucknow, Rizvi said the council is illegal and that action would be taken against its founders for creating it fraudulently. “This council is not recognised by the government and action will be taken under the UP State Universities Act,” he said.
The Lucknow University Degree College Teachers’ Association hailed the government order.