Step out of the hostel in proper dress, says AMU; no shorts, no slippers

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Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has issued a ‘basic traditions’ advisory, asking residents of the university hostels at the Sir Shah Sulaiman Hall to not leave their rooms donning shorts and slippers and to wear black sherwani or kurta-pyjama during important occasions and university functions, PTI reported.

It observed that the freshers had started indulging in activities which are “anathema” to the residential life of the university.

“Step out of the hostel in proper dress. No going out of the hall premises in kurta and pyjama wearing slippers. The same rules apply for dining room, common room and reading room. Bermudas, shorts and slippers are strictly forbidden. Black shervani or kurta pyjama should be worn on all important occasions and university functions,” the advisory read given by hostel Provost Sadaf Zaidi.

Others include calling dining hall attendants as “miyaa” or “bhai”, addressing fellow hostel mates as “partner”, payment of the bill by a senior if a senior and a junior are eating together, treating everyone who comes to see them off when they are going home or outside to “see-off tea”, knocking on the door and waiting for an answer before entering anyone’s room, and sharing food brought from home with fellow residents.

“While any ignorance in this regard is very painful for the seniors as well as for the hall administration, it is also undesirable for the freshers as they lose out on a chance to imbibe some good habits,” they said.

Sir Shah Sulaiman Hall is one of the oldest halls of residence of the Aligarh Muslim University. It accommodates around 650 undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as research scholars of the Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology.

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