If you're a SOL student, don't take selfie and don't model in Miranda House
"They put up these photos publicly, and since Miranda House buildings are so easily recognizable, people may think no serious studies take place here."
Addressing School of Open Learning (SOL) female students, Miranda House administration has warned that if she is found “clicking selfies, combing her hair or modeling in the gallery," she will be suspended for a day. This because such "activities" amount to "misutilisation" of time meant for studying.
The notice states, “Miranda House College and its teachers are always fighting to ensure your higher education. We hope that women students benefit from this opportunity and focus on academics. Many women have been seen taking selfies, combing their hair and modelling in the gallery. This is misutilisation of time. The college does not give permission for this. If any student is found misutilising their time, they will be suspended from the classes held on that particular day, and will be made to leave the college premises.”
The unsigned notice in Hindi has been put up at the college main gate, under the name of coordinator, SOL/PCP (personal contact programme) centre, Miranda House College.
It is to be noted that around 1,200-1,500 SOL students attend classes at Miranda House on Sundays and official holidays, except Independence Day and Republic Day. Most classes are taught by teachers from outside the college.
According to The Indian Express, when contacted SOL director C S Dubey said SOL had nothing to do with the notice. However, college principal Pratibha Jolly confirmed that the notice was drafted by college staff after an internal discussion, but said it was merely “suggestive” since it did not bear anyone’s signature.
“Students perch dangerously on parapet walls to take selfies. They were gently advised by staff to focus on attending classes. The college has been working towards empowering SOL students and is keen to provide them the best learning and skill enhancement opportunities…,” Jolly said.
It has been further reported via unnamed officials that "students hang from poles and pillars, sometimes they even vandalize property. A stone light near the cafeteria was broken. They put up these photos publicly, and since Miranda House buildings are so easily recognizable, people may think no serious studies take place here."
However, a SOL student believes this should apply to regular students as well.
So SOL girls, take classes, don't take break, don't click selfie, don't comb your hairs when they are messed up, don't walk in teh gallery to your next class, don't move, just study!