In its latest controversial diktat, the Yogi Adityanath government has banned teachers in government colleges in Uttar Pradesh from wearing jeans and T-shirts and has also told them to dress "modestly".
According to a circular issued on 20 March, female teachers will have to wear a saree and male ones will have to dress in a pant and shirt.
In fact, the state director of higher education has even suggested the colour of the clothes male teachers should wear to serve as ‘role models’ to students: black or navy blue trousers and white or sky blue shirts.
Speaking to CNN News18, the director of higher education, RP Singh, said:
The order emphasises on wearing shaaleen (modest) clothes — the term shaaleen itself implies that jeans and T-shirts are not allowed. Teachers are role models for students; if they are dressed decorously, students will follow suit. This will inspire students to dress modestly.
“Teachers can wear black or navy blue trousers and white or sky-blue shirts to serve as adarsh (role models) for students,” he added.
Teachers and other staff members of government and private universities in the state have also been told to provide details of their assets to the state government.
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