Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday announced that uniforms in government colleges will be made voluntary instead of compulsory. The move comes after widespread criticism of her government’s decision to specify only traditional dresses in the dress code for female students in government colleges.
In an order dated March 4, the Directorate for College Education had asked all government colleges in the state to decide the colour of uniforms for boys and girls.
In a series of tweets, Raje said: “The Directorate for College Education had issued an order to introduce uniforms in government colleges based on the suggestion of student representatives. It has been brought to my attention that many students are not happy with this decision.”
“I have therefore asked that uniforms be made voluntary rather than compulsory. We are here to provide our girls with whatever they require in order to excel in their education. #GirlsFirst,” another tweet reads.
According to the DCE order, the uniform decided by the government for boys included shirt, pant, jersey (in winters), shoes, socks and belt, while for girls, it was salwar-suit, chunni, sweater or cardigan (in winter), saree, shoes/sandals and socks.
Several organisations, including the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), had termed the decision equivalent to limiting the girls in their freedom to wear clothes of their own choice.