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VSSUT Bans Western Attire for Cultural Festival

Bhubaneswar: In a move that has stirred controversy and sparked debate, the authorities of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) have imposed a ban on students wearing western clothing during an upcoming cultural festival.

According to an order issued by VSSUT Vice-Chancellor Dr. Banshidar Majhi, all students of VSSUT, Burla, are mandated to don Indian traditional attire during the Techno-Cultural Festival-2024.

The directive explicitly states, “Western/vulgar/short dresses are strictly forbidden inside the University campus during the festival.”

Furthermore, the order specifies that entry will be prohibited for students found wearing short clothes, half pants, or mini-skirts during the event. Those who fail to comply with the dress code will be turned away from the main gate and will not be permitted to attend the function. Additionally, the university authorities have warned of disciplinary action against students who violate the order.

This decision has sparked a debate among students and the broader community regarding individual freedom, cultural expression, and the role of educational institutions in regulating attire. While some argue that the imposition of a dress code infringes upon students’ rights and restricts their freedom of expression, others support the move, citing the importance of preserving traditional values and cultural heritage.

Critics of the ban argue that it reflects a regressive mindset and promotes conservatism over individual choice and diversity. They contend that enforcing such restrictions may stifle creativity and limit students’ exposure to different cultures and perspectives.

On the other hand, proponents of the ban argue that promoting Indian traditional attire fosters a sense of pride and identity among students, contributing to the preservation and promotion of Indian culture. They assert that cultural events provide an opportunity to showcase the rich heritage of the country and instill values of respect and tradition among the younger generation.

Amidst the ongoing debate, there are calls for a nuanced approach that balances the preservation of cultural values with respect for individual autonomy and diversity. It remains to be seen how the VSSUT community and authorities navigate this issue and address concerns raised by students and stakeholders.

As the Techno-Cultural Festival approaches, all eyes are on VSSUT to observe how this controversial decision will unfold and its implications for the campus environment and cultural discourse.

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