Students graduating from different colleges in Uttarakhand would be soon flinging up the pahari topis instead of the square black caps at the convocation ceremonies.
The square black caps, popularly known as convocation caps or graduation caps, alongwith the traditional gowns worn during the convocations are on their way out in Uttarakhand where chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has termed them “relics of the colonial era”.
State’s higher education minister Dhan Singh Rawat has all but finalised the black pahari topi and white muffler to be worn during convocations. All that remains to be finalized is the replacement for the gown.
On a trial basis, the pahari topi and white muffler were used for the first time during the convocation ceremony at Sri Dev Suman Uttarakhand University (SDSUU). Dhan Singh and Governor KK Paul, who were present at theceremony on Saturday, also donned the ethnic topi and muffler.
“It was a trial. Efforts are on to select and create a proper dress code based on traditional Indian and Uttarakhandi ethnic attires for convocation ceremonies. We don’t want to hang on to the decades-old British dress code for graduation ceremony. The CM also wants it to happen,” said the minister, who is scouring ancient Hindu religious texts to find a replacement for the ceremonial robe.
According to sources in the higher education department, search is still on for proper replacement of the gowns. According to the sources, the government may also make pichora, a traditional ceremonial stole from Kumaon, a part of the convocation ensemble.
The hunt for new convocation attire began after chief minister refused to wear the traditional gown during the convocation ceremony of University of Petroleum and Energy Studies few days back and said that the “country should take pride in its ancestors, its ancient wisdom and culture and should not give up its roots”.
The CM had later taken to micro-blogging site Twitter suggesting that the traditional…