A notice against the use of loudspeakers and DJs has been issued by the acting principal of the Ramjas College. As per the notice, no DJs or music will be played through the speakers at the freshers’ parties, farewells or other functions. It also ordered that all the functions must end by 4 pm. In addition to that, at least two teachers, out of which one will preferably be a woman, will be present during the function and will be there till the function ends, as reported by The Indian Express.
While speaking to The Indian Express, the acting principal of Ramjas College, PC Tulsian said, “Students would have to take permission before holding any function and the request for permission was to be accompanied by a recommendation of a teacher of the department concerned.” He further said, “It is appalling what the students do. We have received many complaints in the past. I will not go into the details but there have been instances where people have complained of misbehaviour. Why are DJs or loud music needed? This is a college, not a club. Even I was a student of this college. We didn’t need to make noise to throw farewell parties. People have to maintain decorum. Also, examinations are starting soon and there should be no noise. Students in hostels need peace and quiet to study. Practical exams have already started and theory exams will start on May 9.”
The notice didn’t go down well with the students. The students and teachers, both were agitated.
“This is bizarre! Why can’t we play music during our functions? And why must a function end by 4 pm? These rules make no sense for college students. The college itself uses speakers for the functions it holds. Why should the students not be allowed? If the music is too loud or disturbing anyone, the authorities can always tell us to lower the volume. But why the blanket ban?” The Indian Express quoted the student as saying.
Pointing towards the regressiveness of the notice, a teacher said, “The rules are regressive. Students should be able to hold functions in their own college. Why is the presence of teachers necessary? The notice smacks of unnecessary moral policing,” The Indian Express quoted the teacher as saying.