Wear sherwanis if you want to meet me, AMU V-C tells students

FPV-C Zameer Uddin Shah

From now on, if Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students want to meet their vice-chancellor, the boys will have to wear sherwanis while the girls will have to be dressed "according to customs and traditions of the university".

In an open letter addressed to students Saturday, Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah said: "Students who wish to meet me in office will be dressed in sherwani. If you don't possess one, you can borrow from your friend for the purpose, till yours is stitched." He added that he would be happy to see students in sherwanis on Fridays and during university functions as well.

"Sherwani is the university's traditional dress. The university provides cloth for sherwanis to each student and charges a fixed amount for it at the time of admission. There are fixed tailors who make sherwanis for AMU students," university spokesperson Rahat Abrar said, adding that students don't wear sherwanis even on important occasions now.

"There is no fixed dress code for girls, but they are supposed to dress according to the customs and traditions of the university," said Abrar.

In another decision, the university has banned motorcycles in boys' hostels from the next academic session, which begins on August 12. The decision comes a few days after a girl of IIT-Roorkee was allegedly molested in the university's guest house by two youths who later escaped on a motorcycle.

In his open letter, Shah urged parents not to permit their sons and wards to bring motorcycles to the university, saying they will not be provided hostel accommodation. He said if a student can afford a motorcycle, he can also afford to live outside the campus as a non-resident student. Shah also said the "motorcycle culture" was exacerbating class conflicts between the rich and poor students.

"The number of bikes is increasing on the campus. Hostels are barely one kilometre away and students can easily walk to their classes," said Abrar.

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