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Monday, 12 October 2015
Laasya Shekhar

Chennai: Students straining at the rules of educational institutions have been making news for the past few weeks. Last evening, hostel inmates of Sairam Engineering College even went on the rampage at the institution where there had been trouble with the rules.

At the school level, the tussle between a parent and the management of a prominent Anglo-Indian School in the city has intensified with the latter accusing the former of allegedly defaming the institution. It can be noted that the school imposed a fine of Rs 500 on a student of class 2 as he had applied mehendi during the holidays and there were traces on his hand when school reopened.

The news reached the media of how the parent insisted on a receipt and letter for the reason for levying the fine. He maintained that the mehendi had almost faded when his son returned to school after holidays.

In a tug of war between the parent D Jayakumar and the school management, it was learnt that an apology letter was also submitted by the parent for his 'rude behaviour'.  

Sources from Doveton Girls’ and Boys’ Higher Secondary School said, 'as per the rules stated in the institution's hand book, any religious symbol, including applying mehendi or decorating themselves, is strictly prohibited. We will be taking legal steps if he continues to defame the institution further.'

It is not an exaggeration to say that many educational institutions follow bizarre rules, putting the students in a state of fright. Seeking anonymity, a parent reveals the host of rules followed by a school at Selaiyur. He said their 14-year-old daughter is so scared to be a part of Facebook pictures. 'I once updated a picture from my profile which also had my daughter. She was apparently grilled by many teachers for having her picture on Facebook,' he said.

Retired Professor in Sociology R Sudharsan said these rules cannot forbid students from seeking what they wish. 'Students find other ways to socialise with the opposite sex if institutions bar them from interaction. Most of them create a fake Facebook account and carry on their deeds,' he added.

However, he is happy over the change in the mindset of the parents. 'Earlier, parents were in favour of the rules as they felt that their ward would not go astray in such schools. But the fact is that there is a change in trend and they are slowing questioning the silly rules,' he pointed out.

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