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This convocation, they go swadesi!

This convocation, they go swadesi!
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Shubham, who completed his graduation in Electronic and Communications, is delighted that he could go ‘swadesi’ this year during convocation.

Visakhapatnam: Shubham, who completed his graduation in Electronic and Communications, is delighted that he could go 'swadesi' this year during convocation.

Clad in white kurta-pyjama paired with a red-coloured stole, Shubham says that he is glad to extend support to the handloom industry in whatever little way possible. "What could be the best time in opting for the refreshing shift than our convocation ceremony? Moreover, the 'swadesi' tag stands in sync with the policy of our institution, which is named after Gandhi," he reasons.

Like Shubham, G. Ashsish too felt glad to break away from the mundane black gowns and caps and go for a pleasant white-white pair of clothes. "Convocation is a momentous occasion for us and the 'kurta-pyjama' shift not only offers a whiff of fresh air but also is quite comfortable to carry," he opines.

At the 10th convocation of Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM), Visakhapatnam, many felt glad to bid adieu to the black gowns and ceremonial caps that date back to the colonial era and embrace 'skin-friendly' fabrics that appeared far more gracious.

Abiding by the circular issued by the University Grants Commission, the GITAM Deemed to be University decided to go traditional during its 10th convocation. The UGC circular further mentioned that using handloom garments would give a sense of pride of being an Indian.

"About 7,000 khadi stoles have been bought this year for the institution's graduates belonging to the three campuses – Visakhapatnam, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. This way, we could extend support to the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and also encourage traditional attire among the younger generation," says Vice-Chairman of GITAM K. Sivaramakrishna.

The institution has also facilitated a stall for two days on the campus for the students to meet their last minute requirement. Alerts on 'Swadesi' attire have been sent to students a month ahead of the convocation.

However, a section of students felt that the ceremonial black gowns and caps have an old-world charm. "Many a time, we dreamt of throwing off the cap and jumping high in the air after getting awarded with the degree certificates. But, we need to make do with the stoles instead of caps," share a few graduates.

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