THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A medical college in India has stopped its students from wearing jeans and leggings, citing the attire as unprofessional, sources report.
Authorities at Government Medical College Trivandrum announced that necessary steps need be taken to ensure students follow the dress code.
A circular issued by the Vice-Principal of the college ordered students to stick a more formal dress code, which is Churidar or the traditional saree with the hair put up whereas the boys were required to wear formal dress pants with shoes.
The college authorities ordered the students to make sure their attires were neat and clean and did not consist of leggings, jeans, t-shirts or short tops.
When contacted DR K Girijakumari, Vice Principal of the government medical college said, “This is not a new rule. We have been issuing this every year. The idea behind this is that the students should come neatly dressed. Right now many dress very shabbily.”
But when asked about the logic behind banning leggings she said it was an institutional level decision. But after the media reported the issue the Vice principal said, “If the students have any protest they can come and discuss with us. We are their teachers. Our only idea was that they should dress neatly and professionally.”
Student representatives said that they also understand the part that they should dress neatly but banning jeans and leggings is not acceptable.
Student say that many a time they don’t protest worried about the internal and viva marks. The students association is now planning to write a letter to the principal in this regard.