A WEEK after Governor Ram Naik asked state universities to adopt Indian attire for its convocations and give up the colonial dress code, Lucknow’s Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Central University on Monday became the first to follow his advice.
The university on Monday decided that all those attending its next convocation — scheduled after four months — will wear Indian attire. To decide the type, colour and style of new dress, it has formed a eight-member committee. The committee will be headed by Sunita Mishra, the dean and head of department of School of Home Sciences, and have proctor, registrar and the controller of examination as its members.
“Though the advice was for state universities, we are proud to follow it first. The decision has been cleared by the university’s academic council. Now, this committee will speak to all stake holders and suggest the best possible Indian attire for the convocation with a touch of Lucknowi tradition and chikankari work,” said Vice-Chancellor Ranbir Chandra Sobti.
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“I have given the task to a woman teacher so that she can also take the opinion of girl students about the best Indian attire,” he claimed, adding that the dress code will also be applicable to faculty and guests coming to the convocation.
The committee has been asked to keep in mind the recent circular of Universities Grants Commission, which has suggested that all central universities should ensure the use of handloom fabric in ceremonial robes for convocation so that the industry can be promoted, as has been emphasised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Sources said that while the university plans to go for a blue-coloured attire, the committee has been asked to first suggest the style and design by holding separate discussions with teachers, students and other staff members.
Earlier, Naik had asked the universities to shun the “colonial era” ceremonial gowns during convocations and use “Indian attire” as “a real tribute” to former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.
“The convocation dress should be changed. If we use Indian attire in place of the existing convocation dress, it will be a real tribute to Dr Kalam as he also wanted to change it,” the Governor had said in a letter to the V-Cs.