Are college goers happy to have their free will in deciding what to wear to college or are they of the opinion that uniforms ensure discipline and helps channelise attention towards achieving goals that really matter? Edra Godinho spoke to a few students to get their response.
While there were some who said that the freedom to make choices such as deciding what to wear helps shape one’s decision making skills, there were quite a few who voiced that having a uniform would encourage a feeling of belonging towards one’s alma mater
“If students wear uniforms it shows the credibility of the college one attends. Uniforms do not only inculcate discipline, but also helps a student look neatly dressed and presentable. Students take undue advantage of not wearing a uniform and move out of the college campus as and when they feel like it. Uniforms encourage discipline because they make students aware and conscious of college identity, they feel they belong to an institution and are accountable to it for their actions. Uniforms also curtail the students from wearing fashionable outfits which makes them look overdressed for college.”
FYBBA, Don Bosco College, Panaji
“Students studying at graduate levels are mostly of the age of seventeen and above. By this time, the mind is mature enough to make a few decisions. Uniforms do not make a difference to most of the students. This is also the age where children need to grow and need to be given a little freedom in some of the things they do so that they can become well rounded adults in the future. A sense of choosing their own clothes and dressing modestly to college will guide them into making better choices in many other spheres.”
Cassandra Jeanne Fernandes
FYBFA, Goa College of Art, Altinho, Panaji
Uniforms equal to discipline and conformity. When we see a Naval, Army or Air force officer dressed in a uniform we are aware of a sense of pride and discipline in them. Likewise wearing a uniform inculcates a sense of pride, discipline and belonging in students. This helps them to identify with the college’s code of ethics, its rules and regulations. While many believe it can be boring and monotonous, I think it’s a great idea. I wouldn’t have to waste my time every morning, figuring out what to wear. A uniform treats everyone equally, they compete at the same level, and the competition is restricted to achieving academic or sports superiority, not who dresses better!
Donwil W Fernandes
SYBCOM, St. Xavier’s College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Mapusa
“Uniforms would definitely make a difference with respect to there being discipline in colleges. It provides a certain code of conduct which makes it necessary for students to follow thereby inculcating good values and discipline in their minds. Moreover, students would feel proud to belong to a college whose main motive is to provide education in a disciplinary manner. Uniforms would create a sense of unity and equality among students and not give any opportunity to look down upon fellow students’ sense of dressing. Colleges in turn should not be lenient when it comes to dress codes. There should be zero tolerance level when it comes to inappropriate outfits, this will help raise the standards of the college.”
TYBCOM, M.E.S. College of Arts & Commerce, Zuarinagar – Vasco