Hijab controversy: Students should take guidance from uniform, says Vice President Naidu

Bangalore (Karnataka): Amid the hijab controversy in Karnataka, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday condemned the “unnecessary controversy” that arose in the state and said there should be no discrimination as students should be “guided by uniform” in schools.

Addressing an event after inaugurating the Indoor Sports Arena at Greenwood High International School here, Naidu said, “Unnecessary controversy should not be encouraged, like the controversy is going on in Karnataka right now. In a school, you have to Should be guided by the school uniform. Whatever the uniform is. And also discipline, dynamism, devotion, dedication which will give you a boost to the nation and education.”

Pointing to the uniformity of all Indians irrespective of caste and religion, the Vice President said that there should be no discrimination. He said, “Irrespective of caste, creed, gender, religion, we are all one, we are all Indians, Indian first. This should be remembered by all. There should be no discrimination.”

Naidu also talked about the importance of our mother tongue and how students should be encouraged to learn their mother tongue. He advised the students to respect mothers, nature and our gurus and always respect our culture and diversity.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka High Court on Friday reserved its order on various petitions challenging the ban on hijab in educational institutions. The protest against hijab in Karnataka began in January this year after some girl students of Government Girls PU College in the state’s Udupi district alleged that they were barred from attending classes. During the protest, some students claimed that they were denied admission in the college for wearing the hijab.

After this incident, students of various colleges arrived at Shanteshwar Education Trust in Vijayapura wearing saffron stole. The situation remained the same in many colleges of Udupi district as well.

The Board of Pre-University Education had issued a circular stating that students can only wear uniforms approved by the school administration and no other religious practices will be allowed in colleges. (ANI)

First published:February 26, 2022, 10:20 pm

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