Girl Students In Salwar Kameez, Pant-Shirt For Boys, Rajasthan Dress Code Education minister Kiran Maheshwari said that the move is aimed at separating students from outsiders and former students who often enter the colleges and create nuisance.

Girl Students In Salwar Kameez, Pant-Shirt For Boys, Rajasthan Dress Code Women students in colleges in Rajasthan may have to keep their skinny jeans and crop tops in their closets and show up in salwar-kameez complete with a dupatta or saris from the next academic session.  And boys will have to dress in formals — shirt, pant, jersey (in winters), shoes, socks and belt.

According to a letter by the Commissionerate of College Education to all state-run colleges, the principals are expected to decide the colour of the dress for boys and girls and submit the suggestions by March 12. Colleges, which already have a dress code, have been asked to specify their uniforms.

The dress code will be applied to all students as long as they are on campus. A similar decision covering teaching staff has been put on hold. Students, teachers and activists have termed the move regressive and a violation of their right to choose what to wear.

The opposition has accused the BJP government in the state of “saffronising” education. The Congress has promised to oppose the decision. The government had earlier distributed saffron-coloured cycles and changed the colour of the school uniforms as well, said Govind Singh Dotasra, Congress lawmaker from Lakshmangarh. “This government wants to make babas, not doctors or engineers,” he alleged.

Dismissing the allegations, education minister Kiran Maheshwari said that the move is aimed at separating students from outsiders and former students who often enter the colleges and create nuisance.

She added that the dress code is just a suggestion and the decision over colour and style of the uniform has been left to the colleges.

“During the ‘Guru-Shishya Samvad’ (student-teacher dialogue) in the state, the demand for dress code was raised. It will help promote discipline on the campus. It’s not a diktat and it will be implemented only after the principals, administrations hold discussions with college unions and they come to a consensus.”

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Last year, soon after taking charge of the country’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had asked the state-run as well as aided colleges to ensure a dress code. The teachers were asked to dress up “modestly” and ”give up jeans and T-shirts”. “Teachers are role models for students; if they are dressed decorously, students will follow suit,” the circular read.

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