Sairam Engineering College Students Protest Dress-code Diktat, Anna University Initiates Probe

Published: 30th September 2015 06:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st October 2015 10:47 AM   |  A+A-


Students from Sri Sairam Engineering College protest in front of the Police Commissioner's Office against strict rules imposed by the college management. (Photo by D Sampath Kumar | EPS)

CHENNAI: The Anna University has appointed committee to inquire the allegations placed by the Sri Sairam Engineering college students against the management.  
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Students from Sri Sairam Engineering college were detained for protesting in front of the Anna University on Tuesday after protesting against a circular allegedly issued by the college slapping new rules and regulations 

Expressing solidarity more students from the college assembled in front of the City Police Commissioner Officer on Wednesday .They placed a set of demands including allowing the detained students to continue their course without any trouble. 

After holding talks with the students, a senior police official confirmed that the university officials had informed that them a committee has been appointed to inquire about this issue. Sources told Express that as the college has been indefinitely shut down due to the strike, the inquiry might commence next week. 

They also demanded an unconditional apology from the Campus In-charge, Balu besides sacking him for allegedly refusing to help undergraduate students who attempted suicide by consuming mosquito repellents due to academic pressure.  

The circular states that students are restricted from wearing jeans, leggings and talking with students from the other gender and fine will be levied for violators. 

While the College management in a press statement had denied issuing such circular, the college’s rule book (A copy of which is available with Express) states that not only jeans and leggings but students are not allowed to wear black colour shirts, short and tight churidharas, T. Shirts and half-sarees. 

One of the student speaking to Express said that hostel floor superintendents monitored whether the boys and girls interacted with each other not only within the premises, but also outside the college at nearby railways stations, bus stops, restaurants, cafes etc. 

If students were found interacting with the other sex even if it was their sisters or brothers, heavy fines were levied and their parents were called for issuing temporary suspension orders, the student added. 

The students accused that the college forced them to share even their social networking account passwords (Facebook) to track their conversations even after banning use of mobile phones, laptop, SIM card, memory card and other musical instruments while traveling in the college bus and inside the campus as mentioned in the rule book distributed after admission into first year.

Adding to the list allegations, a section of students requesting anonymity said that students found to be in a relationship were physically attacked in dark rooms. 

The rule book also states that students are not allowed to come out of their lecture rooms to drink water or use restrooms during the class hours and a fine of Rs.500 was allegedly collected if violated. 

The students also claimed that they were also fined for availing leave (Rs.100 per day), taking notes in pencils (Rs.500), growing long hair or having a French-beard (Rs.1000), playing inside the hostel room and interacting with their seniors/juniors. 

However the students again assembled at the Anna University to continue protests and the Vice Chancellor held talks with student representatives.


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