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Patanjali launches 'Saffron Robes' as Govt wants convocation colonial gowns to be replaced with ethnic wear

16, Sep 2017 By dasu

Haridwar: Immediately after news came that Government is planning to do away with ‘western convocation’ attire and replace it with Indian ethnic wear, our sources pointed out, Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurveda is planning to launch ‘Saffron Robes’ tailormade for convocation ceremony.

Our sources say, Patanjali Ayurveda has already started working on the ‘Saffron Robes’. However, they are keeping it under wraps as the formal notice by HRD ministry to replace western convocation attire with ethnic wear is still not out.

“Part time managing director, but full time model for Patanjali products, Acharya Balakrishna is trying out the new attires and he walks on to the stage to receive a ‘fake’ degree certificate from Baba Ramdev and then he comes back. This practice he repeated for some 500 times yesterday,” said our source who wanted us to withhold his identity.

“To avoid any surprises, Patanjali Ayurveda has also already started collecting data from higher educational institutions like IITs, NITs, Central Universities where convocations are held. The idea behind it is to get data like how many steps normally a candidate takes before collecting his degree and then to come back to his seat, what is the height of the dais, from what height the chief guest will give the certificate, how much the candidate has to bend while receiving the award,” said our source.

Our source added “Even post convocation requirements like when candidates typically jump at least 3 feet from ground level to celebrate their degrees is being ‘properly’ tested. The ‘robe’ should not put anyone to embarrassment, adequate safety measures are being added so that there is no scope for any kind of malfunctioning. Baba and Acharya Ji are very particular about this.”

On our query that out of HRD ministry’s two major requirements, attire is matching our culture, what about tailormade as per climatic conditions especially in severe winter and places where mercury level comes down below 5 degrees. Our source said, “Baba has already thought about it. Candidate has to do few ‘recommended’ pranayama’s before convocation, that will take care.”