Ambedkar University decides to do away with “black gown”

Following the advice of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam during a convocation ceremony recently, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University here has decided to do away with the colonial legacy of “black gown” as the convocation outfit.

The Academic Council of the University has decided to do away with the ceremonial gown worn during convocations down the ages and decided instead to opt for a colour code.

White colour has been set for the convocation function with the choice of the outfit, which could be anything from shirt-trousers to salwar-kameej, kurta-pyjamas or sari, University sources said.

Mr. Kalam had described the gown tradition as British and said a nice Indian dress should replace it. Earlier a similar stand was taken by Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh who had removed his robe during a convocation in Bhopal to prove his point. - PTI