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Outrageous College Rules in India

Updated on October 28, 2015
College life in India is very often hell for students. It doesn't help one bit that many parents have a very archaic understanding of that word which is a favorite of many professors: discipline.
College life in India is very often hell for students. It doesn't help one bit that many parents have a very archaic understanding of that word which is a favorite of many professors: discipline. | Source

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Making Student Life Miserable

India is known to be a very conservative country, although things are changing very fast. Many colleges here consider themselves to be the bastions of tradition and conservatism. They go overboard with framing rules for students, creating rules that dehumanize those who study in their institutions. These rules are often enforced by ruthless goons (euphemistically called "floor supervisors") who walk about the campus harassing anyone who falls into their clutches. They use psychological torture and physical abuse. Lets take a look at some of the more widespread rules that are making student life hell in the country..

1. Boys should refrain from speak to girls, and girls should refrain from talking to boys

You read right, and we are indeed in the modern age!

2. Boys and girls should sit separately in class.

As ridiculous as this sounds, this has become the norm. As a result, boys tend to scoot at the mere sight of girls. They take this habit with them to the work life, where they struggle to cope in an environment where both sexes are meant to work in tandem to achieve common goals.

3. Boys and girls should use separate stairwells.

This is outright dehumanizing. This rules stems from a paranoid mindset that expects sex to happen every time a boy and a girl walk side-by-side.

4. Girls should not wear leggings.

And they dictate what a girl can or cannot wear...

This obviously isn't in an anachronistic college in India.
This obviously isn't in an anachronistic college in India. | Source

5. Boys should not wear jeans.

Boys should not wear jeans because jeans are miserable apparel dissonant with the rich attirescape of India. This even if jeans are low maintenance and very convenient to wear.

6. No mobile phones in college.

This is because the students are in a maximum-security prison, and don't we all know that mobile phones aren't allowed in prison?

7. No Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Yes brothers and sisters, we are in the twenty-first century.

8. Not shaving will invite a hefty fine.

This is because only terrorists avoid shaving.

9. Failing in exams will invite a hefty fine.

This is because only absolute losers fail in exams and because it is good to grab money from students in the name of fines.

10. No celebrating birthdays.

This is because birthday celebrations make people happy, and students come to college to study, not to be happy.

No birthday cakes!

Cutting a birthday cake could get one into serious trouble in some Indian colleges.
Cutting a birthday cake could get one into serious trouble in some Indian colleges. | Source

When it is admission time in India,colleges tend to send out letters like this to parents of prospective students.

Note to Parents:

Sri Sai Ram Engineering College is a premier educational institution located near Tambaram. It offers top-quality job-specific training to its students in a variety of disciplines. The disciplines include but are not limited to the following:

1.the discipline of being bullied by goons for talking to girls (for boys) and to boys (for girls)

2.the discipline of getting slapped by college officials/goons in front of parents

3.the discipline of getting roughed up and abused for coming to college with one day’s growth of beard (for boys)

4.the discipline of being verbally abused (along with parents) for letting classmates know of one’s birthday

5.the discipline of being severely reprimanded for wearing leggings (for girls)

6.the discipline of being severely reprimanded for wearing jeans (for girls, boys and guests)

7.the discipline of spying on classmates

8.the discipline of paying fines in the thousands of rupees for failing exams (first time in India!)

9.the discipline of paying fines that exceed the GDP of India for every conceivable thing under the sun

10.the discipline of being severely psychologically tortured for the entire duration of the course

It is sincerely hoped that you will enroll your ward in this august institution, because the senseless rigors of the school system are not enough to kill his/her spirit forever.

- With brutal regard,
*alu
(Your friendly neighborhood goon)

The Crazy Rules
1. Boys should not speakto girls, and girls should not speak to boys.
2. Boys and girls should sit apart in class.
3. Boys and girls should use separate stairwells.
4. Girls should not wear leggings.
5. No jeans for boys.
6. No mobile phones on campus.
7. No using Facebook or Twitter, even at home.
8. Being unshaven makes one a terrorist.
9. Failing in exams is a costly affair as it involves fines.
10. Celebrating birthdays is a big NO!

Here's a video of students speaking out against some of the nonsensical rules in certain Indian colleges.

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    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA

      I just cannot imagine tolerating this level of nonsense in colleges.

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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 21 months ago from Chennai, India

      I'm glad you liked reading this!

    • Twilight Lawns profile image

      Twilight Lawns 21 months ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      A very amusing and well written Hub, showing up a situation that should not, and must not, continue.

      Thank you. The thin line between amusing criticism and disrespectful denigration is a very difficult one to negotiate. You have done so commendably.

      Thank you, again.