IIT Bombay Sets New Trend For Convocations: Students Go Traditional With White Kurta Pyjamas Ceremonial Robes 

IIT Bombay Sets New Trend For Convocations:   Students Go Traditional With White Kurta Pyjamas Ceremonial Robes Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal awarding a degree during the 57th convocation at IIT Bombay.(image via @iitbombay/Twitter)

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay students decided to go traditional during their convocation by ditching the ceremonial black robe along with headgears and wearing white kurta pyjamas on Saturday (10 August), Livemint reports.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) told vice-chancellors of all universities to adopt “ceremonial robes made out of handloom fabrics which would not only give a sense of pride of being Indian but also be more comfortable in hot and humid weather”.

Infosys chairman and co-founder Nandan Nilekani and an alumni of the institute was conferred an honorary doctoral degree by the institute. Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal was the chief guest of the 57 convocation .

2,603 students, 385 PhDs, and two joint PhDs of IIT-B/National University of Singapore and one Cotutelle PhD (Joint Supervision) agreement with the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivieres in Canada were awarded by the minister.