"It is indiscipline to run out like that. I have also been trying to change this for a long time but they do not seem to understand. So it is now a rule," said Dr Roseline, the Principal of the Ulsoor School of Academics in central Bangalore.
The dress code for school runs permits salwaar-kameezes, saris and jeans for women. Fathers cannot show up in shorts or pyjamas.
Dropping the just-out-of-bed look means a little better time management, say working parents. But "The mother is the first guru. If the mother dresses well, so will the kids. We just have to wake up a bit earlier," said a mother.
As for children who're often not thrilled about getting into their uniform, the new rules are very welcome. "It will be good to see them changing and get dressed for school too," said a student, grinning.
No dessert in the lunch box, presumably.