TN plans dress code for college students

Following representations from various stakeholders, the Tamil Nadu government has planned to introduce a dress code for arts and science college students across the state very soon.

The Directorate of College Education (DCE), which governs arts and science colleges in the state, has finalised a draft rule in this regard.

Currently, 503 colleges are functioning under the administrative control of the DCE, out of which 60 arts and science colleges are government-owned.

“All students will wear clean, neat and presentable clothing. Clothing depicting profane language would be prohibited under the new rule,” a senior DCE official told Deccan Herald.

The official said that the government's move to implement dress code for students came against the backdrop of various complaints that several students were coming to the college in “indecent” attire.

"The draft is in its final stage. Once it is approved by the government, a circular would be sent to the colleges immediately,” said the official, adding that action would be taken against students in case of violation of dress code.

“We want to bring in discipline among students. Anna University and its affiliated engineering colleges had implemented dress code several years ago, and we are bringing it only now,” he said.

According to him, dress code helps inculcate discipline. Girls in provocative attire might make boys indulge in behaviour like eve-teasing. Dress code would play a vital role in maintaining conducive learning atmosphere.

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