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UGC Asks Universities To Ask Students To Wear Khadi For Convocation & Special Occasions

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Recently, In the latest notice issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC), has asked all the higher education institutes (HEIs) in India including universities and colleges to use khadi and handloom material for convocations and other special occasions. In the letter written to all the vice-chancellors, the UGC asked them to act upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advice to revive the handlooms.The UGC asked Universities to take necessary actions in this direction and stating khadi as ‘liveries of freedom’

The letter further added “Take appropriate action to adopt Khadi and/or handloom fabric for ceremonial dresses to encourage the use of Khadi and also the Khadi Kattins (Spinners) and Bunkars (weavers).”

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According to Indian Express, the UGC said “The use of Khadi and other handlooms will not only give a sense of pride of being Indian but also be more comfortable in hot and humid weather.”

The letter also highlighted and focused upon the use of the fabric as a weapon in India’s freedom struggle. “Mahatma Gandi used Khadi, a hand-spun and handloom cloth as a weapon during the struggle for Indian Independence,” it said later adding, “Khadi and handloom fabric not only forms an integral part of our rich culture and heritage but also provides livelihood opportunities to lakhs of people living in the rural areas.”

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Similarly In a move last year, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry asked universities across the country to replace their ‘British-inspired’ convocation attire with traditional Indian clothes as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. the then HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had said in a video message to universities “I would like to urge all universities across the country that rather than going for British-inspired clothes for their convocation they should go for traditional Indian clothes. Universities can ask their students to come up with design options or can also refer to some designs posted on HRD Ministry’s website.”

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