IIT Kanpur students go for Indian wear instead of colonial robes at convocation; PT Usha conferred with honorary doctorate

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iit_kanpur_2017_50th_convocation_traditional_indian_dressIIT Kanpur students receiving their degrees wearing traditional Indian outfits at the 50th convocation 2017

The academic dress & square cap worn for graduation ceremonies which has its origin in the European universities, gave way to traditional Indian attire as the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT - Kanpur) were conferred with their degrees on 15th and 16th June, 2017. While the boys wore cream-coloured kurtas with white pajamas, the girls donned cream kurtas with white churidars. Also part of the graduation outfits were stoles whose colours varied according to the course of the students.

According to Professor Indranil Manna, director, IIT Kanpur, the institute's design department came up with the traditional graduation outfit's design and colours. The colonial academic dress was changed to mark the golden jubilee convocation of IIT Kanpur and to promote Indian culture among future leaders graduating from here. In fact, this idea was put forward to the institute's administration by the student senate itself. When the student senate organised a voting for the change in the convocation dress, almost 70% voted in favour of ethnic wear.

iit_kanpur_2016_convocationIIT Kanpur's convocation 2016 where the colonial graduation gowns and caps were worn  by students

This was the 50th convocation of IIT Kanpur and it was marked by the presence of Mr. Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Executive Chairman, Tata Sons as the chief guest on Day 1 and Dr. Clayton Daniel Mote, Jr., President, National Academy of Engineering, USA as the chief guest on Day 2. The first day (15th June) saw B.Tech., BS, M.Sc. (Integrated) and all dual degree (except M.Sc.-Ph.D. dual degree) students receiving their degrees while the Ph.D., M.Tech., MBA, M. Des., M.Sc. (2-Year), M.Sc.-Ph. D (Dual Degree) students received their degrees on today in the second session.


Another highlight of the institute's graduation ceremony was the bestowment of the Doctor of Science degree (honoris causa - a degree awarded as a mark of esteem) on former sprint queen PT Usha, to mark the 50th convocation of the prestigious IIT.

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