The convocation ceremony of IIT Kanpur will be bit different this time. IIT Kanpur administration has decided to introduce kurta-pyjama and stole as the official dress for the convocation ceremony to be organised on June 15 and 16 . Being the 50th convocation of the institute, this year’s celebrations are even more special. While the boys will be wearing kurta-pyjama, the girls will be dressed in kurta and churidaar, hence doing away with the traditional gown and headgear.

Giving more information on this, Professor Indranil Manna, director, IIT Kanpur, says, “For the first time students graduating from IIT Kanpur will be dressed in Indian attire. They will be wearing kurta-pyjama and carry a stole instead of a robe at our institute’s 50th convocation ceremony. Our department of design is working on the design and the colour of the kurta-pyjama and stole. The idea is to promote Indian culture among future leaders who will be graduating this year from the prestigious institute.”
What’s interesting is that Natarajan Chandrasekaran, executive chairman of Tata Sons and Dr Clayton Daniel Mote, president of National Academy of Engineering, USA, the chief guests during the ceremonies on both days will also be dressed in Indian attire. “On our 50th convocation, we will also be honouring athlete PT Usha with an honorary doctorate degree,” adds Manna.

And while the gown does hold special place in a student’s life, the students at IIT-K are happy with this decision. Ashutosh Ranka, who is graduating this year and is also the former president of Student Gymkhana is happy with the change in the convocation dress this year. “We at IIT don’t hesitate in experimenting. The change in convocation dress is not an instant idea. In fact it was thought of almost a year ago. We students wanted a convocation dress which is ethnic and had an Indian appeal. So the student senate decided to present this idea to our administration and we are happy that our authorities permitted replacing the convocation gown with Indian attire.”

When the student senate organised a voting for the change in the convocation dress, almost 70% voted in favour of ethnic wear. “We were really impressed with the number of votes that the Indian attire received when we had a voting for the change in convocation dress, more than half the students voted in favour of it,” adds Ashutosh.

“The convocation gown somehow reflected a British influence on us. But this time the switch to kurta-pyjama and stole on the 50th convocation ceremony shows that we are no more under British influence. I’m sure that this dress will strengthen our Indian culture and values in us,” says Vedant Goenka, who is also graduating this year and is also the former chairperson of the Student’s Gymkhana senate.

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