Wearing the same uniform for all your school and college life is just really boring. Getting into a university comes with a sign of freedom. Usually, universities do not interfere in how the students dress themselves but a recent story has sparked an outrage.
Two days ago, Iqra University announced a new dress code policy which obliges its students to wear a certain attire dedicated for a designated set of days in a week. The policy features a list of allowed choice of dress combinations for both male and female students. This step resulted in an elongated mockery of the institute, which is a hub of students hailing from middle-class families.
Have a look at the policy here:
Points worth attention
Points worth attention
Although it is crystal clear that this whole policy is a piece of humor because not only it is an impractical code of conduct but is also unsuitable for university students to follow.
- Before anything else, it is most likely that a majority of students from this university do not have all kinds of apparel mentioned in the policy and it is unfair for the university administration to expect them to purchase these when many cannot even afford casual clothes.
- Females are not allowed to wear jewelry which is too ‘distracting’. What does that even imply? Is the university management trying to state that women’s ornaments can distract the male students? Well, that is just too messed up. This is 2017, and it is for everyone to flush such approaches down the drain.
- The university has asked females to wear ‘culturally appropriate’ outfits. However, they never provided a definition to what a culturally appropriate outfit is.
- Lastly, why do they expect faculty, staff, and students to wear properly ironed dresses and clean shoes every day? That is just fairly impossible.
This is how these students from Iqra University chose to respond to this account.
The students even launched a campaign of their own at change.org. As of now, it has gained more than 3,000 signatures.
You can participate too by clicking here.
Long cut short, a university need not enforce dress codes on such strict basis rather it needs to examine where it lacks when it comes to educational standard. Such policies have the potential to harm an institution’s reputation very badly. The student clan simply demands this policy be revised on an immediate basis in the mutual favor of students and university.
Article by: Faizan Shahzad (Team PS)