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Exploring the other side: Is DU as liberal as it looks?

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Delhi University always boasts of a liberal exterior. However, little do we know about the many practices and special customs that some DU Colleges follow. Are you aware of these practices already? Find out!

The social fabric in DU:

Tradition is something that runs deep in our societal practices, right from the celebration of important calendar dates to following a set of rituals and Delhi University is no different an institution when it comes to following these practices.

Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, a renowned Sikh minority college, has formalised strict rules and regulations, mainly revolving around the kind of clothes its students can wear.  While sleeveless outfits, crop tops and short skirts are prohibited for girls, boys are not allowed to wear shorts.

Misbah, the Western Dance Society of SGGSCC, faces major problems when it comes to getting ECA attendance or wearing short costumes and practicing in the open within the college premises, as informed to us by many students on condition of anonymity. Insiders tell us that, initially there was no budget for societies except the societies of Folk nature like Bhangra and Gidda.

While there is a separate room allotted for western dance practices, outside the room, the dancers can’t wear short costumes. Though the rules have become a bit more liberal of late, but the college’s administration committee is stricter than that of other Sikh minority colleges like SGTB Khalsa.

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in colleges:

It is not just our Prime Minister who takes the call for a clean India seriously. Some colleges have gone a step further in promoting this campaign. Kamala Nehru College does not permit its students to eat anywhere in the college except the canteen area. The whole college is adorned with notices that read ‘Don’t eat in the lawn’, ‘No eatables allowed in the class’, while the college has failed to alternatively create sitting spaces for its students and faculty. The lack of chairs, benches and other places to sit is inadequate to meet the current number of students.

While colleges have their own set of rules, it is important to understand the story from the other side as well!

Written on condition of anonymity (With inputs from verifiable sources) . Have similar stories to share? Write to us at [email protected] or [email protected].

Image credits: sggscc.ac.in and DU Beat

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