The presidential secretariat has amended the contents of the invitation card for the 4th convocation of Lalit Narayan Mithila University (LNMU) to be addressed by President Pranab Mukherjee on October 3. The amendments include deletion of the word 'his excellency' before the name of the President and deletion of word 'honourable' before his designation. The President is firmly against the use of colonial words and wants more democratic address. The approved content is "Sri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, will be the chief guest and deliver the convocation address." Similarly, words like 'his excellency and 'honourable' have been removed from the name of governor Devanand Konwar. Confirming this, LNMU registrar V P Singh said during the visit of the then President, APJ Abdul Kalam in 2005 for the convocation address, these words were printed in the invitation card. Hence, this time too, the university used these words, but in the second phase of printing of the cards the varsity is following the amendments sent by the President's office. He said directions have also come to place similar chairs on the dais for all the dignitaries and there would not be a special chair for the President. The name plates on the table of the dais will also not carry the words 'his excellency' and 'honourable'. President Pranab Mukherjee prefers 'Sri' to 'his excellency' - The Times of India --- Seriously, we need many such moves to drop colonial era practices.