Delhi University Asks Students To Wear Indian Attire With 'Angvastra' For Convocation

Delhi University Asks Students To Wear Indian Attire With ‘Angvastra’ For Convocation

The Delhi University authorities asked the students to wear Indian attire with ‘angvastras’ (stole) for its upcoming convocation ceremony as they decided to give up “old colonial gowns”.
According to DU registrar Vikas Gupta, the administration decided to change the dress code and make it align with the “Indian culture”.

The robe or gown had been there for quite a long time. The university felt the need to change the way. Students will be dressed in ‘angvastras’ and officials in an outfit made of Khadi silk, it is like going back to our roots,” Vice Chancellor of DU, Yogesh Singh, told media.

The 99th convocation of Delhi University is scheduled to take place on February 25 at the Multipurpose Hall at the Sports Stadium Complex.
Though it is not mandatory, students are encouraged to choose traditional attires such as kurta and saree, the DU officials said. The angvastras will be colour-coded for graduation, postgraduate, and Ph.D. courses.
The varsity officials planning to give attire made of khadi silk for all officials including the chief guest. According to reports, the change was unanimously approved by the Executive Council held in December 2022.
An angvastra is a shoulder cloth or stole with decorated borders. Though it is mainly used by men with a dhoti and kurta, it is also offered as a mark of respect.
Meanwhile, the university decided to offer two seats each under supernumerary quota to orphans in all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes from the next academic year. These students will also be exempted from payment of any kind of fees whatsoever which will include exemption from payment of their hostel fees, examination fees, and other such mandatory fees.
The VC commented that thousands of orphan children, including those who lost their parents to COVID-19, will get an opportunity to pursue higher education free of cost with this initiative. He added the university has been responsible for providing education to the students seeking higher education without any discrimination on any grounds.
Established in 1922, Delhi University is one of the largest universities in India with 16 faculties, 86 academic departments and over 132500 regular students in 91 colleges spread across the city.

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