Jaipur, Sep 7

Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday invited designs for convocation gowns from the students across the country for the universities to choose from.

Speaking at the convocation ceremony of Manipal University Jaipur, he said one can do many things with the Indian designs, including the customary throwing of hat, if that is replaced with a 'pagdi' (Indian headgear).

"Many universities where I have been, happened to have designed Indian costumes for their convocation... Today, I appeal to the Manipal University, and tomorrow we will invite students on our website as well, to design good Indian gowns for convocation and post it on our website," he said.

The Minister said recently when he went to the convocation at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar University in Bhubaneswar, the students there wore Indian costumes and flung their 'pagdi' instead of the hats as is the case with the western custom.

 

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