AMU withdraws dress curbs on girl students

AmuVice-Chancellor Lt Gen Zameeruddin Shah

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen Zameeruddin Shah has ordered immediate withdrawal of the notice issued by a provost asking girl students to wear "proper and decent looking dresses i.e. salwar-kameez with dupatta, both in or outside the hostel".

The AMU administration said it did not intend to enforce any particular dress code for the students.

Dr Ghazala Parveen, the provost of Abdullah Hall, which has six hostels housing nearly 1,300 girl students, mostly from Women's College, said the notice had been withdrawn immediately. "The girls are free, we have withdrawn the notice, they can do what they want," she said.

The AMU administration said the notice was an "advisory" and not a "diktat". "Hostel girls were called upon to wear decent-looking dress. The AMU does not intend to lay down any particular dress regulation for students," PRO Rahat Abrar said.

Adding that the spirit of the circular issued by Parveen had been misconstrued, Abrar said: "Despite this fact, keeping in view the sensibility of the students and their guardians, the V-C has ordered immediate withdrawal of the circular."

He said there was no restriction on students visiting hotels and restaurants but the objective behind urging them to eat at the dining hall was to ensure that they don't have unhygienic and unhealthy food at wayside eateries.

On allegations of curbs on Internet use in hostels, the PRO said: "We encourage students to use the Internet and are making arrangements for WiFi in all halls of residence."

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