HYDERABAD: The University of Hyderabad (UoH) administration which recently sparked a controversy by mandating a new dress code for its upcoming convocation, now claims that it has not received even a single representation on the issue either from an individual student or from any protesting student organisation against the same.
They made it clear that the administration is willing to hear the grievances of the students. However, students’ organisations too claimed that they had already vent out their anger against the same in a representation submitted to the Academic Council on September 22.
As the student groups are planning to stage a protest on Monday, opposing the university’s move to impose the dress code, a senior official of the University told Express: “We would be happy to discuss their problems and find solutions if the students come up with a written complaint. We, ourselves, cannot go and address their issues if they announce protests without brining their problems to our notice.” He further advised the students to give their representation to the Registrar.
The UoH administration instructed a special dress code for students for its upcoming convocation on October 1. In an e-mail addressed to students and alumni, it has made mandatory for men students to wear kurta-pyjama or dhoti-kurta made of handloom cotton or silk,and women students to wear saree or salwar kameez at the convocation.
Miffed students condemned it and criticised that it only reflected the ‘Brahmanical attitude’ of the university administration.
Condemning the administration’s attitude Students Federation of India (SFI)leader Sanjay Jonnalagadda said: “Despite our objections, the University has decided to go ahead with its decision. This is unacceptable. We will boycott the convocation if the administration does not budge.”