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Academic Regalia

Academic regalia are worn during Convocation and other formal and ceremonial occasions.  All on-stage participants in the Convocation Ceremony are required to wear the appropriate academic regalia.  The University’s academic regalia are called the Jamiapoash. This term is derived from the Arabic jamia, meaning “institution of higher learning”, and the Persian poash, meaning, “apparel”.  The Jamiapoash:  comprises a Khila’at, meaning “robe of honour” in Arabic and a Sirpoash, meaning “headwear” in Persian. The Jamiapoash’s basic colours are green and white.

The Kilat’at:  the outer robe is an unpleated, unflared, calf-length over garment with bell-shaped short sleeves, which can be closed at the front if desired.

Chancellor:  The gown is distinguished by its very elaborate gold embroidery on the upper part of the robe both back and front, but is also unique for its white colour. 

Chief Guest:  The robe is decorated with rich gold embroidery on a teak brown background.

President and Board of Trustees:  Six centimetres braid bearing a green motif on a white background with heavy gold lines on either side running along the facing, back collar and continuing all around the base line of the gown as well as around the cuffs.  Each arm bears a 23 cm long vertical green motif on a white background trimmed in gold. Trustee gowns have a second gold band on the front and on the cuffs alongside the decorations of the faculty gown and a gold embroidered motif at each shoulder.

Faculty:  Six centimetres braid bearing a green motif on a white background with heavy gold lines on either side running along the facing, back collar and continuing all around the base line of the gown as well as around the cuffs.  Each arm bears a 23 cm long vertical green motif on a white background trimmed in gold.  Each gown has an additional braid in gold along the front and on the cuffs, with a gold motif on the arms and at the back.

Graduands Gowns:  Six centimetre braid bearing a green motif on a white background with three sets of heavy gold lines on either side running along the facing, back collar and continuing all around the base line of the gown as well as around the cuffs.  Each arm bears a vertical green motif on a white background trimmed in gold.  The Doctoral gown is distinguished from the Master’s gown by adding a third set of heavy gold lines that run along the facing, back collar and continuing all around the base line of the gown as well as around the cuffs. The Master’s gown is distinguished from the Bachelor’s gown by adding a second set of heavy gold lines that run along the facing, back collar and continuing all around the base line of the gown as well as around the cuffs. The Diploma gown is simple green tunics with a white fabric trim running along the facing, back collar and continuing all around the base line of the tunic as well as around the cuffs.

The Sirpoash:  the headwear worn at Convocation.

Chancellor: White in colour and richly gold embroidered with a 5.5 cm band and a 2 cm secondary green band with a green and white tassel.

Chief Guest:  Teak brown in colour with a gold embroidered 5.5 cm band and a 2 cm wide secondary green band and a green and teak brown tassel.

President and Board of Trustees:  Green with a gold embroidered 5.5 cm band and a 2 cm secondary white band with green and white tassel.

Faculty:   Green in colour with a green and white embroidered 5.5 cm band with heavy gold lines on the top and bottom of the band and a 2 cm secondary white band and a green and white tassel.

Doctoral:  Green in colour with a plain 5.5 centimetre band and a 2 cm secondary white band and two heavy gold lines with a snow-white tassel.

Master:  Same as the doctoral cap but with a single heavy gold line.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing:  White in colour and a plain 5.5 cm band and a 2 cm secondary green band with a dark green tassel.

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery:  Green in colour with a plain 5.5 centimetre band and a 2 cm secondary white band with a snow-white tassel.

Diploma in Nursing:  Plain white cap with a white fabric ribbon.​​