Mangalore University: Principals' meet on dress code likely

OPPOSITION Girls staging a protest, opposing ban on headscarf, in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Mangalore on Thursday. DH photo

“The University will be asked to submit a comprehensive report with suggestions on issue related to ban on burkha and headscarf in the region. A decision on whether a common dress code should be introduced or not will be taken after obtaining the comprehensive report from the Mangalore University,” State Collegiate Education Director Kodandaramaiah told Deccan Herald.

No proposal yet
However, the official said that as of now there is no proposal before the government with regard to the introduction of a common dress code for colleges in the State.

“We will verify all aspects to see whether the dress code is necessary or not. However, it is for the cabinet to take a final decision on the issue,” Kodandaramaiah said.
Kodandaramaiah also said that he visited the SVS College in Bantwal to take stock of the situation.

“I spoke to the principal and management with regard to the issue. I also met District in-Charge Minister J Krishna Palemar and Deputy Commissioner V Ponnuraj to discuss the future course of action. An interim report on SVS College issue will be submitted to the government in two days,” Kodandaramaiah said.

Notice to college
When contacted Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof K M Kaveriappa said that Kodandaramaiah did not communicate about holding a principals meeting till evening.
Kaveriappa said that he had served notice to the SVS College seeking report on the headscarf ban issue.

Report will be sent to the Collegiate Education Department once SVS College send reply, he added.

Deputy Commissioner V Ponnuraj said that a notice has already been drafted and that it will be sent to the Sri Venkataramana Swamy College on Friday.

Students stage protest
Students, opposing ban on Muslim headscarf at the Sri Venkataramana Swamy (SVS) College, Bantwal, staged a protest under the banner of the Dakshina Kannada Students Federation (DKSF), in front of the deputy commissioner’s office here on Thursday.

Addressing students, Girls Islamic Organisation (GIO) district President Ruqshana said that burqa (hijab) is not a symbol of any religion, but a sign of morality.

She argued that tradition of burqa complies with norms of Indian culture which stresses morality in the society, especially among women. Ruqshana contended President Pratibha Patil also covers her head with saree and Christian nuns too use headscarf. 
The students submitted a memorandum to the Governor through the DC.

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