Vikash Sharma

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has once again reiterated that Indian Universities should switch to handloom fabrics for ceremonial attire during their annual convocations.

The latest UGC reminder came after it was found that some universities have still not changed their ceremonial dress code during the convocation.

“The use of handloom fabrics would not only instill a sense of pride in being Indian but also promote the handloom industry in the country, which provides employment opportunities to many people living in rural areas. It is again requested that the Universities consider switching to handloom fabrics as ceremonial dress,” said UGC in its latest notice.

It is pertinent to mention here that UGC had earlier written to Universities on July 15, 2015 and June 6, 2019 and requested to consider using ceremonial robes made out of handloom fabrics for special occasions such as convocation, etc. Apparel made from handloom fabrics is more comfortable in India's climate.

This came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the revival of handloom and improving earnings of the handloom weavers. Using ceremonial robes made from handloom fabrics would not only give a sense of pride of being Indian but also be more comfortable in the hot and humid weather. The greater usage of handloom garments for apparel would promote the handloom industry in the country.