IIT Delhi in row over hostel dress code for girl students

The hostel administration has been told to withdraw the notice on the dress code, said T.R Sreekrishnan, Dean of students affairs, IIT Delhi


This is the second time in recent years, IIT Delhi has been in the middle of a controversy. Last time, the elite engineering school was criticized for imposing restrictions on serving non-vegetarian food at some of its hostels. Photo: Mint
This is the second time in recent years, IIT Delhi has been in the middle of a controversy. Last time, the elite engineering school was criticized for imposing restrictions on serving non-vegetarian food at some of its hostels. Photo: Mint

New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi has courted controversy again—this time over a dress code for women students.

In a notice issued to a girls hostel, IIT Delhi has asked female students to wear “fully covered decent “clothes to participate in a function on 20 April. Amid the controversy, the notice is being withdrawn.

“We have asked the hostel administration to withdraw the notice as it is not proper to tell girls students what to wear and what not to wear,” said T.R Sreekrishnan, Dean of students affairs, IIT Delhi.

The notice issued on 16 April at the Himadri Hostel, had urged all residents “to wear full covered decent western or Indian dress” during their House Day on 20 April.

The notice was first uploaded on the Facebook page of Pinjra Tod, an online campaign page against restrictions for female students living in hostels.

This is the second time in recent years, IIT Delhi has been in the middle of a controversy. Last time, the elite engineering school was criticized for imposing restrictions on serving non-vegetarian food at some of its hostels.

IIT Delhi registrar Sandeep Chatterjee declined to comment.

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