Vikash Sharma

Keeping with the thrust on Aatmairbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India), the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) to introduce Khadi products during felicitations.

Earlier, the UGC had asked Indian Universities to switch to handloom fabrics for ceremonial attire during their annual convocations. The directive was issued after it was found that some universities had not changed their ceremonial dress code during the convocation.

In its latest letter, the UGC stated that Khadi products such as angavastram, shawl, which are eco-friendly may be used for felicitation purposes. Such a practice while reaffirming our links with freedom struggle also showcases our appreciation for our nation's rich textile tradition.

Apart from this, the UGC has also suggested that books may also be considered for presentation on such occasions to reflect the commitment to knowledge and learning and as a way to disseminate our rich literary culture to a wider audience.

"The HEIs are requested to consider incorporating these practices while felicitating guests/ dignitaries during seminars, conferences, workshops, and other such events in your institutions," the UGC letter read.