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Bihar Universities To Bring Back Desi Tradition For Convocation Ceremonies, Bids Adieu To The Black Robe

Written By Prashasti Shetty | Mumbai | Published:


  • Bihar universities will bid adieu to colonial style convocations
  • The newly sworn-in Governor of Bihar, Lalji Tandon has made way to bring back desi customs

Bihar universities will bid adieu to colonial style convocations. Breaking the tradition of black robes, the newly sworn-in Governor of Bihar, Lalji Tandon has made way to bring back desi customs. Robes, hats and scrolls have been the norm for years now and this trend was set during the British reign and stayed back even after the English left the nation. Post freedom, this tradition was not tweaked and it became a tradition. Now, the Governor is making provision to build the culture around the tradition of convocation in universities tracing back to one's roots. 

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The colonial customs followed at the educational institute during graduation may have become the usual, but won't be any longer. Governor Tandon has issued directives to universities stating that students should abide by the new dress code of salwar-kurta for women and dhoti-kurta for men for their convocation ceremony. 

The norm also mentions that everybody attending the ceremony from the chancellor of the university to the chief guest should wear the Malaviya pagadi (turban). This headgear was made popular by the founder of the Banaras Hindu University Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, who is also known as Mahamana. The turban was a part of his attire and hence, was called the Malaviya pagadi. 

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The said circular also mentions the colour code to be followed. According to new rules, students will have to select from the given colour scheme of lemon yellow, white, red and blue, say reports. Men can choose to wear a white kurta-pyjama or dhoti-kurta, while women can either opt for a lemon yellow saree or white salwar with a lemon yellow kurta. According to reports, it will now be mandatory for dignitaries on the podium to wear a yellow angavastram (shawl). The decision has been taken in an attempt to bring an end to the colonial culture and tradition that has been going on for eras now. Reports also suggest that Sujani artwork which originated in Bihar will embellish the turban worn by those attending the ceremony.