DAVV shuns convocation gowns, opts for Angavastram

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 11:45 AM IST
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During his tenure as PWD minister in 2009, Vijayvargiya had said from DAVV convocation dais that people wearing convocation gowns and caps look like ‘jokers’.

Indore: Freeing itself from the traditional British relics of wearing traditional robes during passing out ceremonies, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) has decided to replace convocation gowns with our very own Indian Angavastram, which will inculcate feeling of nationalism in students.

“Come December 1, you will notice a major change in our ceremonial dress. You will see students walking towards convocation dais to receive medals donning Angavastram instead of traditional gowns and caps,” said vice-chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad.

The move comes close on the heels of higher education minister Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya’s direction to vice-chancellors of state universities to shun gowns and opt for Indian dresses for convocations.

The DAVV is first to move in that direction. In its recent meeting, DAVV executive council approved a proposal for wearing Angavastram during convocation instead of traditional robes.

Dhakad said that the boys will wear white shirt and black trouser along with sporting Angavastram, while girls will wear a particular colour sari or kurti and don Angavastram.

He said that the guests on convocation dais, executive council members, deans, board of studies chairmen and others will also don Angavastram.

He signalled that the Angavastram could be either of Khadi or handloom fabric.

Last year, University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed universities to use handloom fabric for ceremonial dresses prescribed for occasions like convocations.

In a letter addressed to vice-chancellors of all universities in the country, UGC Secretary Jaspal S Sandhu said the Prime Minister had emphasised the revival of handloom and improving earnings of the weavers so universities should use handloom fabric for ceremonial dresses.

Many politicians in the state had opposed use of traditional robes during convocation ceremonies. The first one to oppose the conventional robes openly was BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya.

During his tenure as PWD minister in the State Cabinet in 2009, Vijayvargiya from DAVV’s convocation dais had said that people wearing convocation gowns and caps look like “jokers”.

His remark had drawn a loud applause from the assembled gathering prompting the then higher education minister Archna Chitnis to immediately announce making amendments in the rules for replacing convocation gowns with Indian dress.

Next year, the then Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh called as “barbaric colonial relics” the practice of wearing the traditional coloured robe at convocation ceremonies and publicly removed his own gown during convocation at Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM).

DAVV convocation is to take place on December 1, wherein meritorious students of sessions 2012-13 and 2013-14 would be given away medals and PhD students would be conferred degrees.

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