New Amity: Jeans walk away, T-shirts fly off the campus!
JEANS, T-Shirts, minis, skirts are out from the Amity University?s Lucknow campus. Boys would now be seen in formals and the girl students would have to choose between sari and salwar kameez.Updated: Sep 06, 2006 00:31 IST
JEANS, T-Shirts, minis, skirts are out from the Amity University’s Lucknow campus.
Boys would now be seen in formals and the girl students would have to choose between sari and salwar kameez.
The decision, Amity authorities point out, has been taken to present a better picture of its students in front of the corporate giants when they come calling on the campus!
Amity’s chief PRO Ashutosh Chaubey on being contacted tried his best to hard sell the varsity view on the code. “It’s not a code as such. All that is being said is that better turned out students make for a favourable first impression in front of corporate people who often come to our campus,” Chaubey said.
But how are the students taking the order? “We don’t see any problem,” was the PRO’s take. However, on the Noida campus, where the code has already been enforced, students had reportedly registered their protest by boycotting classes.
And it wasn’t clear why the varsity suddenly thought of the dress code?
The top brass claim that the decision was actually in-force since the varsity’s inception. The reality is that only management students were expected to follow the dress code so far.
Now, it would be applicable to all students across all Amity campuses in the country.
Academicians, however, differ on the issue. “I feel that students have to maintain the dignity of academic institutions. There is generally a fine line that demarcates the decent and the vulgar and the students are forgetting that.
After all you can’t allow students to come to study wearing spaghetti tops,” said Prof Nishi Pandey, dean Students welfare of Lucknow University.
But, Prof Rakesh Chandra, director, Institute of Women’s Studies in Lucknow University has a different take on the issue.
“In LU, Chemistry teachers often tell girl students not to wear dupattas during practical exam as it keeps on slipping making it difficult for girls to concentrate on the exam. Instead, girls are encouraged to wear clothes they feel are comfortable,” he said.
Prof Chandra added, “It’s ok to ask students to turn up in formals during presentations. But, to make all students follow a code all the time is not acceptable in the 21st century.
Both the sexes should be allowed to decide the dress they feel most convenient.”
The dress code would come into effect on the Amity Lucknow campus from Wednesday. The student take on the issue would be known then.