No more colonial hangover; IT-Kanpur students to get their degrees clad in kurtas, pyjamas and churidaars at convocation

June 14, 2017, 10:51 am
No more colonial hangover; IT-Kanpur students to get their degrees clad in kurtas, pyjamas and churidaars at convocation
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No more colonial hangover; IT-Kanpur students to get their degrees clad in kurtas, pyjamas and churidaars at convocation

No more colonial hangover; IT-Kanpur students to get their degrees clad in kurtas, pyjamas and churidaars at convocation

Shedding what it calls a “colonial tradition”, the prestigious IIT Kanpur has directed its students to don ethnic attire like kurtas, pyjamas and churidaars during their convocation ceremony, in place of the ceremonial black robes and head gear.

The convocation ceremony will be held on 15 and 16 June in which some 1,600 students of graduate and post graduate levels will receive their degrees from chairman of Tata Sons, Natarajan Chandrasekaran.

For the first time, students will receive their degrees in the institute not in the British-time gowns and headgear but in kurta pyjamas (boys) and kurta-churidaars (girls) along with stoles in different colours to mark their specific courses
Professor Indranil Manna, IIT-K Director

The director added that the students will be required to wear Indian clothes during all future convocations.

Coinciding with the golden jubilee of the institute, the ceremony will also see professors donning golden coloured robes fully covering their suit.

They will also not be needed to wear black leather shoes and will be free to go in for Indian footwear in leather, Manna said.

In the past, a few other universities had also moved to traditional attire for convocation.