Reports of women volunteers at the annual festival of St Xavier’s College not being allowed to wear shorts were misleading, the event’s organising team said on Monday, the last day of the three-day festival.
The festival committee of Malhar said students were allowed to wear knee-length pants and shorts during the festival. A statement issued by Milloni Doshi, chairperson of the festival, read, “The college has always chosen to adhere to a dress code and this year at Malhar, the students were asked to continue with that code. With knee-length pants or knee-length shorts still being allowed, the focus of the festival continued to remain on its events and its people.”
A student from the organising committee of the festival, on condition of anonymity, said, “The controversy was unnecessarily created as this rule was only for St Xavier’s students, both girls and boys, which they follow on regular college days and was not applicable for students from other colleges visiting the festival. Volunteers could wear knee-length pants instead and shorts above knee length. There is no question of moral policing.”
The festival saw another controversy earlier when coaching classes in the city took objection to Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy’s remark at the Malhar conclave on August 10, that such classes have brought down the prestige of the Indian Institutes of Technology.
The festival, with a theme ‘A chronicle, where every story matters’, recorded a footfall of around 20,000 students from different city colleges thronging the campus to participate in several events such as parliamentary debate, Illuminati – a UV lights show, Odissi-Odyssey – a fusion dance competition, workshops on boxing, pilates and puppet making.