Rajasthan, March 8: Students in Rajasthan Government colleges will soon have compulsory uniforms. While girls will have to stick to saris and salwar kameez, boys will have to dress in formals as per a letter which has been issued by the Commissionerate of College Education. The letter has been sent to all state government colleges’ principals who along with the college union will have to decide upon the kind of uniform for their institution.
The order states that the suggestions for the same be submitted latest by March 12, 2018. It has also been said that colleges must specify the colour of their uniforms since a few of them already have a dress code. The move which has been termed as a gross violation to the right to choose what to wear is said to be aimed at separating students from outsiders who often create a nuisance on college campus.
Education minister Kiran Maheshwari added that the dress code is more of a proposition and the decision of the uniform’s style has been left to the colleges. Apparently, the dress code will be adhered to only in the campus premises. However, students, teachers and activists have already pointed out that the step taken is quite regressive, patriarchal and undemocratic in nature.
Voicing concerns on similar lines, the opposition has accused the government of imposing their own views and promised to resist the authoritative decision. Congress MLA Govind Singh Dotasra from Lakshmangarh alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted to turn students into monks instead of doctors or engineers. He also accused the government of saffronising education.
Giving instances of the same, Dotsara pointed out that last year too, the government had distributed saffron-coloured bicycles and changed the colour of school uniforms as well. The move which has outraged quite a lot of people was announced during the ‘Guru-Shishya Samvad’ in the state. It is said that the order would inculcate and instil discipline among students on the campus.
It seems that jeans and tees and western outfits are deemed as indecorous by the current government since last year itself Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath too had asked the state-run as well as aided colleges to ensure a dress code for teachers and students.