Bengaluru, Aug 9: A nursing college in Bengaluru has kicked up a row by allegedly attempting to curtail the religious freedom of the students and asking them to shave off their beards before attending classes.
According to sources, four students – all from Jammu & Kashmir –who were enrolled in the Adarsh College of Nursing Mariyappana Palya in Mallathahalli, Bengaluru, were left in the lurch after the principal allegedly barred them from attending classes until they shaved their beards.
Citing ‘hygiene’ as the reason, the principal, who had joined the college a little less than a month ago, informed the students that their internal marks would be affected if they failed to comply.
Three of the students are in the first year B.Sc. course while the fourth is in his second year. They said that the principal, Ms Priyadarshini, summoned them and asked them to shave the beard if they wanted to be marked in their internals.
“For the past week, we are being sent out of class on instructions from the principal for not shaving our beard. The management was fine with our beards when we filled the admission form. All of a sudden, the principal, who joined 20 days ago, asked us to shave. She barred us from entering class. The beards are a part of our faith,” said one student.
Mr Laxman Rudawat, convener of Nursing Association in Hyderabad said, “There is no particular rule in the medical books that the male nurses can’t be keep beards. But as a decorum and also maintaining the professional look the male nurses are asked to be clean shaved. The reason is in a beard a person’s perspective is that of a very serious or sad person and for that reason it is stated that they must be clean shaved.”
“The male nurses are told not to keep beard and long hair as it causes infection. The infection is due to touch and accumulation of sweat” said TS Indian Medical Association president Dr Narasinga Reddy.
Bengaluru college puts curbs on beard; bars four students from classes