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21 June 2012

Muslim girls can now wear head scarves in KV schools

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By Rajiv Mani

Allahabad: The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan (KVS) has introduced changes in the dress code of students. Muslim girls studying in KVS will be allowed to wear head scarves in school. In another change, the senior girls -- class IX to XII -- will now have to wear trousers as per of the new dress code approved at the meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) of KVS held at Delhi recently.

According to the new dress, which has been designed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Muslim girls can wear grey scarves, matching with the colour of the skirt or trousers as the case may be.

The BoG meeting also approved a new turban for Sikh boys. The colour of the turban should match their trousers, which should be plain grey in colour, with red colour fifty (A half yard or meter worn beneath turban usually in contrasting or decorative color).
Further, senior girls will now wear trousers in place of skirts. The girls will wear a blue, grey, white and red checkered Kurti with Mandarin collar along with the waist coat. Trousers will be of plain grey colour with strait cut.

The BoG meeting also finalised the uniform for physical education periods. The girls and boys will have to wear house-wise coloured T-shirts with white collars and with colour options of blue, green, red and sun yellow, colours of respective houses would be decided by the schools. On these specific days, the students will have to wear Navy blue track pants with white lining.

Senior boys will now have to wear plain grey coloured trousers. Till now boys upto class VIII were allowed to wear half trousers. The students have to wear tie, navy blue in colour with woven monogram, and blue and grey knitted fabric belt with monogram on the buckle.
On the changes in uniform, deputy commissioner, Varanasi region, PV Sai Ranga Rao said, "This is a welcome step as KVS is pledged to keep the cultural values of the country intact and that is depicted in its students. Moreover, the dress of students of KV is now around 50 years old and the changes are aimed at keeping in pace with the changing times."

KVS has given two years of transition period during which the old uniforms would also be allowed in the school, but not for the students admitted in class I. The old and new uniform may continue simultaneously during the transition period and the old ones may be weaned out of use gradually within two years i.e. by 2014.

(Courtesy: The Times of India)

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