Students of Lucknow’s Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University will have to wear safas and stoles instead of British-era ceremonial gowns to their convocation ceremony, officials have said.
“We want to give an Indian, and preferably UP, touch to the university convocation. The safas and stoles both will be in maroon colour. The stoles will have the university’s logo and name on it. I am sure degree recipients will be thrilled to wear the safas and stoles,” said vice-chancellor Gurdip Singh.
The candidates will have to collect their ceremonial safas and stoles, which they can take home after the ceremony, from the dress code committee of the university a day before the October 31 ceremony between 2-3pm when they will have to assemble for rehearsal.
The university has made it mandatory for all its medal recipients and degree holders, who wish to attend the second convocation ceremony, to follow the new dress code. Student will not be allowed to attend rehearsal as well as the main ceremony if they do not adhere to the new dress code, the university has said.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will be the chief guest at the convocation which will be held at Dr BR Ambedkar auditorium of the university at 3:30pm.
Rajasthan’s governor Kalyan Singh said on Monday the colonial-era practice of wearing caps and gowns at convocation ceremonies is a “sign of slavery”. He also said a decision to abolish them would be taken in a meeting of vice-chancellors of all state universities next month.
In July, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had written a letter to the vice-chancellors of all universities to promote the use of handloom fabrics for convocation gowns.
“Greater use of handloom garments for apparel would promote the handloom industry in the country. Accordingly, all the universities are requested to consider using handloom fabric for ceremonial dresses prescribed for special occasions like convocations. This may also be brought to the notice of the colleges affiliated to your university,” the letter had said.
The order from the UGC prompted many universities like Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University and the Banaras Hindu University to change their academic regalia.