Practice of imposing sari on teachers not conducive to Kerala's progressive attitude: Minister

The practice of imposing sari on teachers is not conducive to Keralas progressive attitude, state Higher Education Minister R Bindu said on Friday.Bindu said ones choice of dressing is an entirely personal matter and no one has the right to criticise or interfere in anothers sartorial choices.The Higher Education department on Friday issued a circular in this regard after complaints came from many teachers that several institutions in the state continue to practice such policing.The government has already made clear its stance in this regard multiple times.


PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: 12-11-2021 22:44 IST | Created: 12-11-2021 22:39 IST
Practice of imposing sari on teachers not conducive to Kerala's progressive attitude: Minister
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The practice of imposing sari on teachers is not conducive to Kerala's progressive attitude, state Higher Education Minister R Bindu said on Friday.

Bindu said one's choice of dressing is an entirely personal matter and no one has the right to criticise or interfere in another's sartorial choices.

The Higher Education department on Friday issued a circular in this regard after complaints came from many teachers that several institutions in the state continue to practice such policing.

''The government has already made clear its stance in this regard multiple times. Teachers have every right to dress as per their comfort in Kerala regardless of the kind of institutes they work at. This practice of imposing sari on our teachers is not conducive to Kerala's progressive attitude,'' Bindu said in a statement.

The minister, who was a professor at the Kerala Varma college in Thrissur said she used to wear churidars regularly.

''While a teacher has several responsibilities, adhering to such outdated and obsolete ideas is not one of them. One's choice of dressing is an entirely personal matter. No one has the right to criticise or interfere in another's sartorial choices,'' she said.

The minister pointed out that though the government had already issued a circular on May 9, 2014, clarifying this, it has become clear that several institutions in the state continue such practices. ''Hence, the Higher Education Department is issuing another circular to this effect,'' she said.

Bindu said she spoke to a young lecturer a few days ago who had shared her experience at an educational institute at Kodungallur with the minister.

Though the young lecturer has necessary qualifications, the staff apparently put forward a condition that she had to wear a sari everyday if she wanted to work there. She said the new circular was issued after news reports of more such incidents have been brought to attention.

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