Extreme Segregation

Dear Jeppiyaar and other Engineering college owner brothers,

Let me introduce myself. I am a manager in an IT company and we recruit from your college. Actually, “recruit” would be an understatement. We put up a “Tresspassers will be recruited” notice and pretty much herd in anybody who pays attention to us. But I am afraid we are having problems of late. Most of the students from your college seem to expect the following in our offices:

1. Separate staircases and elevators for boys and girls.
2. Separate work areas for ladies and gents
3. Separate dining areas for ladies and gents
4. They decline to shake hands with our clients many of whom happen to have 2 X chromosomes.
5. Iron grill creating separate seating areas for men and women in buses.
6. Separate mousepads for girls and boys
7. Your boys also refuse to work on code written by girls, and in our company, I’m afraid team work is critical
8. We have video conferences, and your boys refuse to look into the camera because they are afraid that they might accidentally make eye contact with girls.
9. Some of them are complaining to our security demanding separate corridoors and coffee machines for boys and girls.
10. Their productivity is very poor unless we make our security officers stand around in the work areas. Apparently, they are so used to “squads” that they find life without them impossible.

There are only two genders in Homo Sapiens society and at some point or the other, it is fairly inevitable that some interaction between them is required. So I earnestly request you to please upgrade your college rules to a level slightly above Medieval Spanish Inquisition so that IT companies can continue to flourish in this city.

Thank you

A Concerned IT Manager.

During the Emergency, Sanjay Gandhi initiated a forcible Vasectomy campaign.

In late 90s, engineering colleges in Chennai initiated a forcible mental vasectomy campaign thanks to rules such as these

Enough has been written about this for a long while now. But finally, even the mainstream media seems to have suddenly realized that something is rotten in the state of pass mark.

Times Now did this recent investigative piece on the what they titled extreme segregation in TN colleges and you can watch part 1 here and part 2 here

Lets hope things improve now at least.

11 Comments so far

  1. vsankarv on March 15th, 2008 @ 2:56 am

    That’s a nice one and it is a sad state of affairs. I studied in one of those colleges and I know how things were during my college days.

  2. khaleel26 on March 15th, 2008 @ 3:34 pm

    This is pathetic. This is the first time i am coming across such non-sense restrictions.
    "But finally, even the mainstream media seems to have suddenly realized that something is rotten in the state of pass mark" what do you mean by this?

  3. khaleel26 on March 15th, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

    and the standard of english is also not upto the level of a professional college.

  4. rama on March 15th, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

    Jeppair english is contemporary in the engg grads circle …..

  5. donthecat on March 16th, 2008 @ 12:13 am

    As the author says, much has already been written about this and yet….

    I wonder why folks join these colleges though they know about the f**ed-up rules ? And after you join, what’s the point of cribbing ?

  6. urali on March 16th, 2008 @ 5:49 am

    funnily enough, most of the college management take pride in the fact that they have strict seggregation rules and actually list it as their USP!

  7. Krish Ashok (che_ashok) on March 17th, 2008 @ 9:08 am


    I think its a question of choice. Although we have a million colleges, really speaking, they are all the same, because each one tends to try and out do the other in what they sadly believe to be a competitive advantage. So it would take a brave private institution to say – "We will actually not neuter our students" but then, the public is likely to say – "Hey, in that case, its probably unsafe for my kids". Sad.


    This is a reference to the famous quote from Hamlet – "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark"

  8. dilip on March 17th, 2008 @ 6:55 pm

    I’ve experienced this bullshit before. I once went to sathyabama about 5 years back, i was with NIIT back then and we were doing a seminar about computer software for the college students. The sickest thing was the co-speaker who did demos with me was a girl. Guess what? I did the presentation one day, the next day the girl class mate went there to do the "Live Demo’s". A total waste of all effort. I refused to go to this place from then on regardless of how much they paid us for it.

    What is happening here is discrimination and not just segregation. Right of interacting with anyone you want is basic human rights. If someone is imposing something on this then its an issue of voilation of human rights. Sadly, parents have nothing but sex on their mind. Atleast that is the case with most parents who desperately pay shit loads of money to as donation to get them into the colleges.

  9. Vivek (vivek) on March 31st, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

    Reminds me of my school. We had similar (though not such strict) rules there. It’s sad to see such rules still exist!

  10. Ripples on the brain :: New IIT’s and such… :: April :: 2008 (pingback) on April 4th, 2008 @ 1:51 pm

    […] frees up the college adminstrators time and effort and makes them concentrate on other aspects like discipline and decorum […]

  11. pushkala on April 9th, 2008 @ 10:52 pm

    Hehehehe..! Well, End of day, its one of those colleges that get good on-campus placements.. so be it Gal-Boy Divide or Rules-Restrictions issue, Parents and students do choose to study there..

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