The lesson that the new batch of MBBS students at a Chennai college on the first day got was not about dissection or microbiology, but about the dress code. The instruction given to the students of the Government Kilpauk Medical College was to not wear any tight fitted dress like jeggings, leggings or even jeans in the college.
Dr A Edwin Joe, Director of Medical Education, said, “We have instructed medical colleges to follow only formal dress code in the classes. It’s an oral instruction; no circular has been issued though”.
The “formal dress” in the college includes wearing churidars for girls and shirts and trousers for boys. After much delay, due to long protests over the NEET based admissions, the classes of the fresh batch in the medical college began on Monday.
“Jeggings, leggings, jeans and any tight-fitting clothing is not allowed in the college. We gave instruction to all students on the first day of the classes,” said the dean of the medical college in Chennai.
One of the senior students at the college said that since there were many who did not prefer sarees, the obvious choice left is churidars. Also, tight jeans were not allowed for boys. However, even though there is no punishment for somebody who doesn’t follow the dress code, professors tell the students to not wear such dresses.
However, this is not the first time when a college has issued such a diktat. Last year a college in Patna banned girls from wearing shorts and jeans on the college campus. Also, a fine was imposed those who violated the diktat.
(Source: The New Indian Express)