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Indore: Gowns to be worn for the last time in DAVV convocation today


Indore: You will be seeing students and others participating in convocation ceremony of the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya wearing ceremonial gowns and caps for the last time on Thursday.

From next year onwards, Angavastram would be worn instead of convocation robes.

Freeing itself from the traditional British relics of wearing traditional robes during passing out ceremonies, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) had decided to opt for very own Indian Angavastram, saying it will inculcate feeling of nationalism in students.

But the DAVV had to shelve its decision after the coordination committee – the apex body for higher education in the state – directed for the same saying that there would be a collective decision by all state universities for replacing convocation gowns with Indian dress.

DAVV vice chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad said that a decision to this effect would be taken by the state universities in February or March.

“After that, convocation gowns would be a thing of past in the state,” Dhakad said.   Meanwhile, students, deans of different faculties and executive council members took part in convocation rehearsal on Tuesday.

“This was the final rehearsal,” in-charge registrar VK Singh said.

The DAVV would award as many as 274 medals to meritorious students of 2012-13 and 2013-14 batches during convocation on Thursday.  Besides, degrees would be conferred on as many as 61 PhD students. A souvenir would also be released on the occasion. Chancellor Omprakash Kohli would preside over the convocation ceremony while GLA University (Mathura) vice chancellor DS Chauhan would be chief guest. Minister of state for Higher Education Sanjay Pathak and Mayor Malini Gaud would be special guests.