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College wears dress code on its sleeve

Avinash Nahar

Avinash Nahar  

K. Ramachandran

CHENNAI: Anna University's dress code for students bans T-shirts and jeans. But an engineering college at Thorapakkam near Chennai `improved' upon it and, on Wednesday, pulled up a first-year student for donning a dark-coloured shirt.

Avinash Nahar of MNM Jain Engineering College, who wore a red shirt and black trousers to college, was "detained" for questioning by five faculty members and the Principal.

"Six persons in the room kept on asking me whether my dress conformed to the code. How could I say no? When I agreed, I was told to give a written undertaking accepting my `mistake', and agreeing not to breach the code in future," he recalled.

Avinash pleaded that he be allowed to go, as the college bus was about to leave. It was brushed aside. He took another bus that dropped him near Adyar. Though hailing from Chennai, Avinash claimed he did not know the way to his house on St. Mary's Road in Alwarpet. He went round and round and ended up at Royapettah police station.

His father Abirchand Nahar filed a complaint with the Royapettah police seeking action against those who "harassed'' his son.

The college authorities said it was the third time Avinash was "caught breaking the code," which says boys should wear only light-coloured shirts and dark trousers, must shave and keep their hair short.

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