A notice appeared at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD) women hostel, ahead of House day, asking students to come in “full covered decent western or Indian dresses” drew flak inside and outside the campus.
The notice, which was signed by the warden, was put up at Himadri hostel.
The House day event , slated to be held on 20th this month, is an annual event where students allowed to invite guests in the hostel.
The news about notice came out after it was shared on Pinjra Tod, an independent collective of students and alumni of colleges across Delhi fighting against all sorts of discriminations.
A woman student from BTech final year told Hindustan Times that it was first time such a notice appeared inside the institute.
“This is the first time that such a notice has been put up. We have been told verbally in the past to be fully covered but a written notice has been issued for the first time,” she said.
Himadri and Kailash are the two women hostels in the campus.
However, this not the first time such right wing interventions from the part of authorities taking place in the prestigious institute.
There were earlier reports that only Hindu festivals were officially celebrated in IITs.
An IIT Delhi research scholar told SouthLive on the condition of anonomity that Hindutva interventions in the campus is quite evident.
You can see the hindu symbols such as naga and shiva in front of every hostel in the campus. And, when it comes to food menu, only vegetarian dishes are served in the campus. While other central universities serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes taking all students into consideration, IIT is stick to vegetarian dishesResearch Scholar, IIT Delhi
Recently, IIT Kharagpur had decided to introduce ‘Vastu Shastra’ as a part of its syllabus as it believes one cannot be a “well-rounded architect” unless you have learnt the basics of Vastu.
The institute conducted a workshop on the subject as it plans to include an introductory course for first and second year undergraduate architecture students, and a more exhaustive course for post-graduate and research students from August this year.
The university faculty had made it clear that Vastu concepts are not religious and are instead based on science and there is no reason why Indian architecture students shouldn’t know the “ancient Indian architectural traditions.”
Last year, a painting resembling the Hindu deity Hanuman, but in western attire and sporting gadgets, had to be washed off from IIT Bombay after several workers of Shiv Sena marched to the institute demanding removal of the painting which was a part of the institute’s annual cultural fest, Mood Indigo.
The painting was a creative take on the popular image of Lord Hanuman flying with the mythical Gandhamadana Mountain that grew life-saving Sanjivani herbs in one hand and his mace in the other.
The protesters claimed that it was in bad taste and it hurts the religious sentiments of many people.