New Delhi: The very common scene of Indian University students taking their graduation degrees on their convocation day, all clad in robes will be a forgotten sight now. Indian universities will no longer be following the Western graduation ceremony conventions and will rather look much different and much Indian. As per a circular issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) recently, from now on, the graduating students will be wearing traditional attire made up of Indian handloom.
The new directive passed by the University Grants Commission has a lot to do with the Narendra Modi government as the new government wants the graduating students to look more traditional.
The circular states, “using handloom garments would give a sense of pride of being Indian”. The commission has also asked for an ‘Action Taken Report’ from the universities on this.
The circular is being issued addressing all private and public universities of the country that falls under the commission.
Speaking on this regard, a UGC official said, “With changing times, everything changes. Indian universities have been carrying on the British style of wearing a robe during convocations. It’s high time that we change the tradition and make it localized.”
This latest move by the Modi government in association with the UGC is commendable and acceptable on all grounds. This lets the Indian students be acquainted with their traditional attires and at the same time, make an identity for the Indian dresses on the global platform.
However, the western trend of wearing black robe and cap was not a mandatory practice in Indian colleges and universities. Some has been seen following it while some others do not follow it.
Now, according to the latest directions, the dresses of the university students on their convocation day will vary based on their geographical and traditional differences. As for instance, a female graduation degree earner in Punjab will wear her traditional Salwar-Kurtas, on the other hand, a woman in Assam will wear her traditional attire Sadar-Mekhela.