11:13 GMT +312 November 2019
Listen Live
    Twitter app on a mobile phone

    'Voldemort Followers?': Twitterati Mock Mumbai University’s New Convocation Outfit

    © AP Photo / Matt Rourke, File
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    0 01
    Subscribe

    New Delhi (Sputnik): Several Indian universities have given up the colonial tradition of black robes for graduation ceremonies in favour of the Indian outfits favoured by the ruling national Bharatiya Janata Party.

    India’s national university watchdog – the University Grants Commission - has given a directive to all universities to switch to “the use of ceremonial robes made of handloom fabric which will not only add to the country’s pride, but are also more comfortable in the hot and humid weather.”

    But the decision of Mumbai University to switch over to a traditional dress has irked many on social media.

    One angry user wrote, “Why call it convocation? Give them a sword and call it ‘Rajyabhishek’ (Coronation), while another commented, “Please give the degrees that are engraved on Banana leaves.”  Several others made comments like, “Glad that I graduated from Mumbai University long back.”

    ​The graduation robe was selected on the recommendation of a three-member committee and approved by the University’s management council. The new robe will be used during the convocation for the current year in October-November.

    Related:

    Australian Students Face Uproar Over Donning KKK Robes, 'Racist' Blackface
    'Chic' Afghan president's robe to be auctioned in Washington
    Tags:
    Mumbai, New Delhi, India
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik