Bengaluru college cites hygiene, places curbs on growing beard

Bengaluru: A private nursing college here has kicked up a row by allegedly placing curbs on growing beard citing hygiene, with some students from Kashmir claiming that it affected their religious beliefs.

The management of the Adarsha College of Nursing said the move was mainly to promote hygiene but the issue has now been resolved.

When asked whether the college had passed any order pertaining to growing beard, a college official told PTI, “No. It is not true. Already we have sorted it out. Students are already in the classroom. There was some misunderstanding between the students and the management. Now everything is fine.”

He said the students were allowed to come sporting beard. “We have given some direction that they can trim and come in a good shape,” the official said.

According to reports, some students alleged that they were not allowed to sit in the classroom because they refused to shave off their beard. Some students from Kashmir claimed that it affected their religious beliefs.

They alleged that at the time of joining, the management did not have any problem with their beard.