As its new order imposing dress code to the students attracted wide-spread criticism, Scottish Church College in Kolkata issued a notice defending its decision, ANI reports. “Clothing worn to the college should reflect the seriousness and importance of the learning environment. Therefore, students’ attire is expected to be based on modesty, neatness and safety on the campus,” said the notice.
The college had earlier banned short skirts and and round-neck T-shirts and asked women students to wear full-length trousers and Salwar kameez. The order says only full-length trousers and “skirts well below knee length without slits” should be worn. “Salwar kameez and sarees should be worn properly,” reads the notice. The students of the college protested against the dress code after which the faculty put up a notice saying it was just a recommendation but not mandatory.
Educationist Pabitra Sarkar said “This is clear infringement of the students’ liberty. Such a diktat reflects the college’s authoritarian attitude.” A Muslim college in Kerala had recently decided to introduce uniforms, banning tight jeans, short tops and leggings.