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Updated: August 16, 2013 18:50 IST

Chennai blogger Kiruba Shankar not allowed in college for wearing jeans

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City-based blogger Kiruba Shankar. File photo
The Hindu City-based blogger Kiruba Shankar. File photo

Dress code is serious business in many city colleges – so much so that even prominent guests invited to deliver lectures are asked to leave if they are not dressed ‘appropriately.’

On Wednesday at 8.30 a.m., when city-based blogger Kiruba Shankar arrived at R.M.D. College of Engineering to deliver a lecture on entrepreneurship, he was informed by college officials that the pair of denims he was wearing was ‘not allowed’ on the college campus and that he would need to change into a pair of formal trousers before he gave his lecture.

The college, like many other engineering institutions in the State follows a strict dress code that doesn’t allow its students to wear tee-shirts, jeans or other casual outfits.

“I was dressed in my signature attire – formal shirt, corduroy jacket, blue denims and suede leather shoes. This is the similar attire I have worn for all my teaching assignments and corporate meetings for as long as I remember. Never once had I faced a problem,” wrote Mr. Shankar on Facebook , as part of a post. that had nearly 300 shares and 600 likes in half a day.

When contacted, Mr. Shankar said he had no problems with the college, but was upset that the authorities refused to let him speak to students. “I tried making them understand that I am here because of my experience and the value I can add to the lives of their students but they said their rules were more important than anything else.”

He said he was offered formal clothes to change into but he had refused to do so. “It defeats the purpose of entrepreneurship. You cannot impose your dress code rules on a visiting entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Bangalore are dressed in casuals. What matters is how hard they work, and how differently they think.” He also said he had never been told about the college’s dress code.

R.M.D. College officials however, said they had informed Mr. Shankar about the dress code. “We invited him to our boardroom and gave him an honorarium too. We are very particular about our rules and expect everyone, including guest lecturers to follow them,” said a senior official.

“And this was a seminar for final-year students and those interested in entrepreneurship. We wanted them to take the presentation very seriously,” he added. The officials also said they had only requested Mr. Shankar to change his outfit. “We really don’t know why he left so abruptly.”

Read the opinion piece by Nandita Jayaraj on The Hindu Blogs here.

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Steve Jobs used to wear only denims even at corporate meetings and technology fairs. Nobody found anything wrong with the attire of Steve Jobs. Dress code may be enforced in investment banks and big corporates. POTUS does not wear suit always. It is very childish on the part of the college to ask a guest speaker to wear formals for a guest lecture.

from:  Smartmapleman
Posted on: Aug 18, 2013 at 03:04 IST

The guest speaker chose his 'ego' was important rather than sharing of his experience with the students. As an experienced entrepreneur and a speaker (!) as he claims, the speaker should still have behaved in a humble manner at the venue, if alone his aim was to reaching the students. But it appeared that it was not. After delivering the lecture, he could have refused or returned the honorary and any other kinds of respects as a matter of protest. But he did it in a cinematic style, and preferred to just walk away from the spot in a heroic style. Mutual respects of sentiments was absent in the said incident. The speaker missed a golden chance of showing his maturity and humbleness before the host by opting to be simply rigid. Wisdom with Humility will take a person's stature high.

from:  BASKARAN R V
Posted on: Aug 17, 2013 at 19:43 IST

@Viswanath

This guy is a guest and not an employee.

from:  Karthik
Posted on: Aug 17, 2013 at 15:03 IST

Please turn your attention to Directorate of Technical Education, Guindy
which is still insisting on a Junior level pass in manual typing for
doing the certificate course on Computer in Office Automation. Is it
convention making us still clinging to manual typing in India ?

from:  chandrasekaran
Posted on: Aug 17, 2013 at 13:23 IST

From this incident and many comments here it seems people are confused into thinking
that a person must break all rules of behaviour in order to prove to the world that he is an
entreprenur. Basic civility requires a host to respect the wishes of the guest. Kiruba
Shankar should have himself enquired about the college dress code required for guest
speakers. But he simply assumed that his attire would be acceptable. This is hardly
innovative thinking. To make matters worse he refused to wear the clothes offered by the
college. He should know that a strict dress code is followed even by hourly employees in
certain large multinationals. Male employees in Disney theme parks, for instance, are not
allowed to have a beard or even a moustache.

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: Aug 17, 2013 at 08:51 IST

The college had their dress code. Mr. Shankar had his own. Neither wanted to concede an inch. The Hindu wasted inches of valuable space by publishing this crap. In the end, the college earned some undeserved notoriety, Mr. Shankar earned some publicity and the readers got no wiser. I wonder if Gandhiji turned up at their gate, what the college would have done!

from:  Venu Babu
Posted on: Aug 17, 2013 at 08:26 IST

I am afraid that Kripa Shankar missed the essential purpose of his visit: to reach out to the
students with his ideas. In the course of his lecture , he could have emphasized the fuss on
dress and its irrelevance. Education is all about discipline and way of looking at it.

from:  G. Narayanaswamy
Posted on: Aug 17, 2013 at 07:27 IST

it is just a sheer nuisance of the particular college, which doesn't want the young graduates to think out of the rotten conservative mind and then they debate on why there is generation gap. Well the answer is served on your

from:  Md Javed
Posted on: Aug 17, 2013 at 07:20 IST

I wonder if any Political leader or Statesman come as Chief guest in
Traditional attire will the college ask even them to adhere to dress
code and request them to change in-situ.
It is more dis-respectful and not at all honourable to insult a guest
who has come to teach something obviously the College cannot provide
ever. So much of the importance they show on Quality of Education.
Beside that Formal attire means something different. What these
institutions mean as Formal dress code is actually called Business
Casuals. as a matter of fact They actually don't know how to dress
formal. This reminds me of the Freedom fighter who got kicked out for
attending function in a Traditional attire. So much so to make a
Statement MK Gandhi went to every meeting half Naked. Yet Nation
followed him and his Principles. Even rest of the world looked up on
him as dress code doesn't matter.

from:  senthil
Posted on: Aug 17, 2013 at 00:50 IST

That is a sound lesson the college has imparted to its students; there are rules and rules must be followed.

As for Mr Shankar's behaviour, it seems quite churlish. And his claim that that his experience can add value to the lives of students, when he does not seem to possess the humility to show respect to the regulations of the institution that honoured him by inviting him to speak to their students, sounds pathetically hollow. This is particularly so if he cannot question himself and ask if his 'you-respect-my-dress-code-but-I'll-ignore-yours'-attitude makes any sense at all.



from:  Kay Nathan
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 21:50 IST

The Chairman of the college is himself not following the rules. He is wearing a Dhoti!! To all those who support the dress code and that visiting dignitaries must abide by that, do you think the college would have imposed that code on a visting Minister/Politician? There are so many pictures on the college website where politicians in dhoti are handing out prizes! The chairman is an Ex-MLA and that guy is seen in a Dhoti! If an exception can be made for Dhoti, then an exception can be made for the more famous Jeans.

from:  P Kumar
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 21:09 IST

I don't support dress code imposed by others and it is upto the speaker to decide how he wants to be perceived by others. Steve Jobs always wore jeans and turtle-neck pull overs and when he spoke people forgot what he was wearing. We remember him for what he did than how he looked like.

A sensible public speaker should have checked before hand about the dress code and still, it is improper on the part college officials to impose their code on a guest lecturer.

But,what is more galling to me is the wisdom of the college authorities to invite someone who should be the last person to talk on values, ethics and entrepreneurship.

from:  Ganesh Vinayak
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 19:56 IST

It should have been the other way round... Mr. Shankar should've worn a suit and the students should've worn jeans... it's amusing this is being debated so much!

from:  Ashok S
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 18:28 IST

Kiruba Shankar is a person who does not think he should follow any rules or regulations. If he disagrees with a rule, he will flout it, and then call it silly. He didn't follow the TedX rules, and was the reason the Chennai TedX license got cancelled. He tried to flout the rules at Wikipedia to such a degree, that there is now an entire page at Wikimedia India to explain how the Wikipedia Exec council has nothing to do with him. I'm sure there are many other rules and guidelines you and I follow that he will not.

from:  V.Mahesh
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 16:06 IST

Entrepreneurship is more of the way one thinks rather than how much one knows. It is
important that our institutions support free thinking or thinking differently by not restricting
young minds with silly and meaningless rules. One interesting fact. One of the leading MNCs
overcame an organizational challenge of lack of innovative thinking by letting all its
employees to work or research on every Friday on anything that interested them without
bothering about regular work. So, if casual dress can add that fun element and bring about
that much required enthusiasm without hurting anyone, why can't it be allowed?

from:  Vivian Horner
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 15:36 IST

In my 23 years experience as a HR leader of bunch of MNCs I have seen employees joining
organizations from such schools struggling to take up leadership positions due to
constrained or boxed thinking. In fact many new recruits from such over disciplined colleges
end up getting frustrated when some open-ended and uncertain situations are thrown at
them. Looks like long way to go for our organizations to produce employable graduates.

from:  Vinod Agarwal
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 15:15 IST

That is sad! What has denim got to do with the lecture? I can't imagine admitting my son to
such conservative institutions?

from:  Vishnu Prabhakar
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 14:16 IST

First no talking to girls/ boys. Second no phones. Third dress code for students. Fourth dress
code for Guests.... Wait a minute, what did you say? Innovation, thinking out of the
conventional route...? Sorry we don't have time for that.

from:  Girlish Aras
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 14:07 IST

One thing is for sure. RMD management's conservative mindset is certainly not suitable for
enterprenurship development. As an employer I will never recruit here.

from:  Pravin Venkateswaran
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 14:00 IST

When u enter certain temple, the rules are followed by everyone who wants to see the GOD. At same time human mind always works towards breaking the rules, that too we indians are very good at that.Kribua could have solved the issue with technology usage of Video Conferencing. If he so desired, but his ego was hurt, if he was informed earlier but still decided to walk with his own dress code, then he should understand and respect the rule, why are we so hell bent in breaking a policy. Tomorrow when some one in his company or family member breaks the rule then? does he allow slippers to be worn all over his home? or he has a rule it has to be removed when one enters the home?
EGO is the key factor in all these kind of matter.

from:  venkat
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 10:55 IST

Both don't make sense. Jeans and suede in Chennai hot weather is only OK as a signature attire, but rules and norms of a place have to be followed even if we don't agree with it or we stay away from that place. Haven't we seen the ever-dhoti-clad Chidambaram in suit when he visits the west? When visiting Japanese customers, many silicon valley engineers do wear suits. In business, it should be oriented to get the job done rather than get caught up on ideology. The college dress code is probably suit, tie or formal pants, and none of these are fit culturally or weather-wise for Chennai (dhoti is best or shorts if they want to ape the west), so the college management isn't worthy of wisdom either.

from:  Arvind
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 03:10 IST

If there is a rule saying Jeans are not allowed inside white house and
you are invited, what will you do ? Will you refuse or wear something
else ?

from:  Niranjan
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 01:56 IST

Mr Kiruba Shankar, did you forget that TED global withdrew the TEDx
license to chennai while u were the organizer for not following the
rules? While then u asked for pardon but now? why this hypocrism ?

from:  Arthy
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 23:52 IST

Why do our institutions indulge in negative ways? A group of monkeys were kept in a cage with a banana hanging from the ceiling, and they had a pole just short of the needed length to reach the fruits. They figured out that if they formed a pyramid, the top animal could get the fruits and all could eat. But at the time the top was within reach, the keepers showered boiling water on them and all the monkeys pulled down the one at the top, and the boiling shower stopped. This happened repeatedly and the monkeys learned to bring down whoever approached the top. Later, the keepers stopped the boiling shower when a monkey got near the top – but the other monkeys still pulled down the top guy, and no one got the fruit. Eventually they forgot why they were pulling down whoever advanced, they just did. This is how we follow rules and conventions and blindly pull down our own people and we don’t even ask WHY.

from:  MUKUNDAGIRI SADAGOPAN
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 23:22 IST

I am not able to understand one thing...
Why Kiruba was not in formals, if it was already informed to him.
Yeah i do agree with all thoughts which are there in other comments but
on a personal note he should have also respected the rules and
regulations of the Institute.

from:  Gaurav Maheshwari
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 23:07 IST

I see that people known to both the Person and College are posting their view, and I have
thought about this issue enough.
1. The idea of uniform or dress expectations is not there in most top institutions in India or
internationally for daily college, of course on special occasions there should be needs as
said by RMD. But I think a seminar or lecture is not a Graduation or alike.
2. If the college had invited the speakers with a certain expectation, then they should have
mentioned it in their letter or communication. I am sure the speaker would have dressed or
refused to attend.
3. I think the college was not mature enough to handle this situation or both reacted. A guest
should have been treated well after he came in.
It looks like a reaction in haste by the college, and If the College rightfully Respects Dothi as
culture, then smart casuals should be accepted too.
Over all entrepreneurship and good education is a desperate need for India, and we can't
waste time all this!

from:  Shankar V
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 22:55 IST

I could not miss the irony that this happened a day before the
Independence day.
Indian institutions should realise that the future of country's growth
will be through new firms creating new solutions to the problems faced
by people, thus creating more employment opportunities. If you don't
allow the breakaways to get inspired, how will we create world class
products/services?
Secondly, by looking at comments that laud the institute's stand, I can
see why a land of 1.2B people does not produce enough entrepreneurs. I
respect tradition, but, I'm sorry to say, to compare temples with the
report is incorrect. In my view, Mr. Shankar was an outsider looking to
inspire the students, and not give them the same taste as other
professors.
Finally, we need a bit of chaos in the system to evolve. Credit to our
Indian value system that, such rebel-ness will never lead to anarchy,
but we need this small dose of chaos nevertheless.

from:  Sanjeev P
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 22:54 IST

In my opinion, this is not such an important news to find a place in The Hindu. Surprises me!
Mohan

from:  Mohan
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 22:26 IST

The students lost an opportunity to hear about the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship. The discussion of dress code (comparing to what is required in temples, removal of shoes etc) is moot here. This gentleman was wearing a decent outfit and was not provocative in any fashion. This man has accomplished quite a bit in his career and was eager to share his experiences with the students. How does wearing a jeans deter the students from focusing on his lectures? University should be the place where students should be taught "Never to judge a book by it cover". I wonder if the university is truly imparting broad based knowledge to the students.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 22:10 IST

First the RMD college official should have informed about the dress code
to the guest lecturer, they failed to do that, that was their main
fault. Second they should know the value of knowledge than the silly
dress code issue. They can follow it on students or even on staffs but
not on the guest lecturer. since they have done this,it shows that they
are educated barbarians.pity on those students for missing a valuable
lecture. RMD management behavior is something like a illiterate person
shouting on a dignity person to impose his rule. So pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

from:  Paul
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 22:09 IST

Mr.Kribu Shankar, with all your experience and values that you can add to the lives of those
students have totally been defeated by your silly ego. You were telling about entrepreneurs
in Silicon Valley, as a resident of Silicon Valley for 20 years, I tell you that people over here
respect the dress code before giving speech. Have you ever seen people giving speech to
students wear shorts and sandals which they normally do for everyday work. They go with
tie. People in India wanted to adapt American style but not in an appropriate way and not
100%(Indians don't have punctuality, they are not social and presentable, approachable,
being rigid when they attain a position). You should grow up my boy. Try to think outside the
box. Be a role model to students and build a good rappo as a man with good principles in the
society.

from:  Harini
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 21:24 IST

If rules are rules then whether they can stop anyone from anna university who comes for inspections for wearing denims..It deprives an individuals freedom..Pls grow up...

from:  Ajaykumar R
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 20:51 IST

Our colleges are real funny. They cater to the parents and not to the students. The main reason is, the parents foot the bill in India unlike in the west where the student decides which college to attend and does so using a loan. To impress the parents and the IT employers they bring in this dress code. The IT employers to impress the paymasters in the west implement this dress code in the office.
This is a talk on entrepreneurship. The first rule of entrepreneurship is to break the rules, think different. The new age entrepreneurship that people like Kiruba advocate is not like opening yet another furniture shop which will require you to follow convention. In the internet space, there can be only one google, facebook and amazon. Another google will not shine. You cannot follow convention and rules. You need to stick to what you believe in and hope the world will realize that you were right! Yahoo followed convention and didn't see the value in Google! remember?

from:  P Kumar
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 20:15 IST

People always get hurt when asked to follow rules. If everyone wants
to follow their own way it will be only chaos. We do have traffic
rules, but do we follow?? Unless you make people do it and take
actions no one is gonna follow this. Entrepreneurship can start with
ideas but when it comes to business you have to be professional.
Students who are expecting to hear from a leader, a business
professional to present his vision, should be professionally dressed.
Mr Shankar will you be in Jeans and Brown shoes when you are
presenting yourself for new business initiative?? Kudos to college,
atleast they were able to implement the dress code successfully in
their colleges which many colleges failed to do that.

from:  Sanjay
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 19:46 IST

As I personally had this experience in my engineering college, I can tell you this rule has no big use as I am doing master degree in Canada where there are no dress codes but the emphasis is there to give a curriculum that makes students eager to learn more.

I would be more than happy if these Army camps are run more like educational institutions and focus on the fundamental thing for which they were set up, that is to give an extraordinary environment where new engineers with strong fundamental knowledge really prosper.

The way we run primary schools as disciplinary boards is no way different to the way engineering colleges were run, only the "subjects" age differ. Administration of some primary schools and engineering colleges have the same mentality.

from:  Padmanabhan
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 19:46 IST

Imposing rules on students is fine but imposing ridiculous rules on
esteemed guests is ridiculous. Colleges have the right to impose rules
on their students but they can't expect others to follow these rules. I
don't see anything wrong in Mr. Shankar's decision.

from:  Vikram Subhash
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 19:45 IST

@Vijay - Sir, how dare you call an educational institution as JAIL. When the college has rules, it has rules for the benefit of students. Most of the rules might not be liked by students, but they are required in place for a better college atmosphere. And whoever comes to the college for helping the students by way of guest lectures should abide by the college rules. If Mr. Kiruba Sankar's intention was to help students, he shouldn't have worried about changing to a formal pant. But he was more worried about his 'Signature attire', who am sure doesn't sleep in JEANS. He owes an apology to the students for his behavior.

from:  Subbu Dharma
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 19:20 IST

That's how Indian institutions kill the spirit of innovation and
attitude of going outside the conventional route. As I have worked
in many world leading companies in the Silicon Valley and other
cities of the US as a consultant, I have noticed so many geeky and
serious professionals, research personnel and Vice Presidents of
organizations wearing casuals; it is not considered offensive at
all. I pity the students of this college - hope some better sense
prevail among the hypocritical educational institutions.

from:  Ezhilan Ilanthirayan
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 19:06 IST

I'm saddened by the incident and more disappointed by all these comments. Its no surprise that we are still a backward nation. Only in order to justify this nonsense of not allowing a fully, decently dressed person to talk to engineering students, since he did not adhere to childish rules, some commenters are citing examples of temples, offices, etc. which have dress codes. Come on, one wrong does not make another wrong, right. Dress code in any place is childish, immature and reflects on one's narrow-mindedness. As someone pointed out, as long as a dress is decent, what is the need to evaluate it. The person did not arrive in shorts or sleeveless T-shirts. Denim is a material, like cotton, polyester, etc. Not allowing one to wear a particular material borders on stupidity. Denim is much better than leather, which is ethically and ecologically bad. In that case, at least it makes sense to ban leather clothing!

from:  Dinakaran
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 18:16 IST

Celebrities are our role model and play a very crucial role in our day to day life ...if they do not follow rules and regulations not cope up with strictness and
Whatever they do....his followers are always follow their path

from:  Harshita
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 17:53 IST

Explains why we have so abysmal innovation in India. Engineering
colleges in Chennai are places that kill creativity, aesthetics and
innovation. Their bus, buildings, and food look alike. So does their
education, with absolutely no differentiation.
We make slaves, not innovators. The only things we have managed to do
right is to chase wonderful talents away from this country.

from:  Suganth
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 17:34 IST

Dear Ramachandran, going by your point, I would appreciate your response to this question. If you were a guest lecturer and you happened to have a beard, how would you feel if the College offered its in-house barber to shave you first before letting you speak at college. Would that have been better in the larger interest?

from:  Rahul Chandran
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 17:12 IST

We should remove dress code for students I don't think any other city in the country has a dress code. Colleges only focus on such ridiculous things instead of focussing on the real problem - providing good education with good professors and lecturers.

from:  Vasu
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 17:03 IST

These colleges are blindly following these kind of rules. Education should be given the first preferance rather than dress codes. But here the case is reverse. They dont impose on quality education and they impose these rules on every one who enters the college. It is better to stay out of these colleges instead of giving lectures. Well done kiruba sir. Moreover dress codes was not intimated to Mr.Kiruba before his visit. This information is wrong. The college officials have just lied to stay in the safer side.

from:  Rathinavel
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 16:28 IST

This is just ridiculous. What is important is what he has to say. Not
how he is dressed. What else can we expect from our colleges which asks
boys and girls not to talk with each other.

from:  krishnaraj
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 16:20 IST

If Mr. Kiruba Shankar was really committed to ensure that his experience and teachings should benefit the students, he should have worn the formal dress offered by the Institution. It seems that he was more focussed on sticking to his dress code rather than looking at the bigger picture of benefitting the students. Hope he would change his views in future!

from:  Ramachandran
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 16:07 IST

Great RMD...Kudos to you...I just want to highlight few points here..

1. In some Infosys office Ties are mandatory on Monday. Do we even
have the guts to complain this to Narayamurthy sir...No right...rules
are rules
2. Queen Elizabeth was asked to remove her foot-were when she visited
Kalashetra,Chennai in late 90s...She just wore a pair of
socks...Visitor still need to adhere to the rules of the place.
3. If a foreigner visits Tirupati - Tirumala temple he/she has to sign
an indemnity/agreement saying "that he believes Lord Balaji and he/she
shall respect the Lord and act according to the temple customs and
tradition
4. In Vodafone India employees (from low level to MD) are supposed to
were helmets and seat belts in car. Is is applicable even when they
are not in duty or during vacation. If they found not adhering to it
they will be terminated immediately. They have terminated almost 70
employees till not which includes two Leadership team.
Hence Rules are Rules my dear boy..

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 14:37 IST

Dress was initially wore to hide our private parts an now as our symbol
of fashion, There are so many that we need to restrict the students from
this and that etc., Wearing formals is okay because some people think it
is decency, But one cannot force your point of view on others, "ONE CAN
DRIVE HORSE TO WATER BUT CANNOT MAKE IT DRINK" when the present
generations takeover these old once, I personally feel dress code will
serve irs purpose. wearing denim is not sin.

from:  BEN
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 14:00 IST

Mr. Kiruba Shankar should have given a thought for the well mannered behavior of the future generation by way of dress code under implementation by the College authorities. There is no harm in setting him as a model or guide before imparting his experience and the value in the area of entrepreneurship. Academicians want their students to absorb valuable knowledge and not the style of dressing comfort.

from:  Nagalingam V
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 13:03 IST

Our educators are morons. To cover up for their incompetence they hide
behind the 'discipline' mantra. Purpose of a teacher is to teach, and
nothing else. If they don't know anything to teach, they should retire
instead of ruining students' life.

from:  karthik
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 12:04 IST

Dress code is enforced in offices and institutions to prevent some people who wear odd costumes. In companies they enforce a dress code to stop guys coming with faded jeans and odd T-shirts. The same enterpreneur would have changed his dress if he was told so in a foreign university. It is just a problem of ego. The college has to be appreciated. We all know how dress code of dhoties is stricitly enforced in kerala temples irrespective of status.

from:  Sivakumar
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 11:23 IST

Well done RMD!.
Shankar should know that 'when you are in Rome, behave like a Roman'.
He is not visiting Silicon Valley for lecture. Cultivate the right habits to the students. Silicon valley allows beer in office pantry. Dont compare apple with oranges.
Educational insitutions should continue to follow its rules without discriminating between students, lecturers and visitors.

from:  Jeya
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 11:18 IST

When the staff in the institute are not qualified/skilled enough to
teach students wont have any respect for them. This leads to ego issue
and the staff try controlling the students in different ways, at times
as stupid as no girl/boy talk, there are colleges in Chennai that
controls sleeve length of girls tops. This is never an issue in good
colleges like IIT / Anna University / REC / SRM etc.,

Parents should avoid putting their kids in these jails, and people
like Kiruba should avoid these institutes in the first place.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 10:53 IST

Well done moral police.I am really sorry for the students.

from:  raj
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 10:15 IST

This is just ridiculous. Our educational institutions just concentrate
on everything other than providing quality education. Academia will
never succeed without good business/industrial relationship. That
being the case everything must be done to maintain an excellent
relationship with local businesses to try and get the real world
exposure to students and also motivate and fund research. Such
instances show that there is no genuine interest shown by college
managements in research or in the student welfare. Guest lectures are
just arranged for the heck of it and they have no qualms losing one.
Our educational system will never improve as long as we have such
people with shallow thoughts.

from:  Aravind Sivaraman
Posted on: Aug 15, 2013 at 10:09 IST
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