Was reading the front page today article "Cell Phone ban comes into force" from Hindu this afternoon during lunch. The article mentioned the new restriction posed by Anna University and on other engineering colleges where a ban on the use of camera phones comes along with a dress code for all its engg students.
Although, the TADA on cell phones seems to be accepted without much hungama, the policy against dress code restriction has been met with strong resistance from the student forces, especially the girls. The dress code states that students should not wear jeans, t-shirts, skirts or sleeveless and tight-fitting outfits and enjoined them to dress conservatively.
I pulled this out of the St.Joseph's engineering college's website:
Boys : All students in the campus should be neatly dressed. All boy students are expected to wear self - coloured pants with their shirts neatly tucked in and wear tie. They should wear shoes only. Jeans and T-shirts are strictly not allowed. Slippers will not be permitted. Students should not have long hair and beard.
Girls : All girl students should wear saree or churidhar with dhupata. Slippers will not be permitted. Slit in the Churidhar should not be more than 10 inches above the knee level. Students should not bleach their hair.
Although, this is not new info for many of us who have gone to similar institutions back home, i can't help wondering about the cultural "shift" that Chennaites are going through. What with the new Globus, LifeStyles and several other trendy fashion shops in malls coming up, the women, especially the younger generation of Chennai have been exposed to boot-cut jeans, suspender tops and so on. Every brand name available here in the US is now found there. The happy medium is the existing "short kurtha aka parallels" that come as a mix of the pant and salwar. Sarees have become a classified wear meant to be worn only for college farewells and weddings. The poor churidhars and salwars are like struggling middle class that keep wanting to be categorized as modern outfits, but sadly, still remain as traditional attire.
In essence, is this protest on dress code for the younger generation justified???
Would be interested in hearing a variety of comments.........