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Cong, Trinamool Congress flay Govt for UGC directives on observing Surgical Strike Day


New Delhi, A day after UGC issued an 'advisory' asking universities and higher educational institutions to observe September 29 as 'Surgical Strike Day', the opposition Congress and Trinamool Congress have flayed the government move alleging political motives. Senior Congress leader and former HRD Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters that such an order was 'shocking'. "For UGC, to give such a directive is destroying the very independence of the university system," he said - however adding the Congress party does appreciate the role of the armed forces for the September 29, 2016 surgical strike against Pakistan. He said that even other important days related to national importance and the valour of the armed forces should also be celebrated.Mr Sibal also said November 8 noteban in 2016 was also 'surgical strike' on poor people and thus it would be in fitness of things if BJP regime also celebrates the day when much hardship was imposed on the common people. In a tweet, Mr Sibal also wrote: "UGC directs VC’s of all universities to celebrate 29th September as Surgical Strike Day. Is this meant to educate or to serve BJP’s political ends ? Will UGC dare celebrate 8th November as Surgical Strike Day depriving the poor of their livelihoods ?" West Bengal Education Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee said 'education falls under concurrent list' but the BJP-led NDA regime in the centre is trying to impose its own wishes on the varsities and the higher educational institutions. "It is more saddening to note that they are misusing the UGC for the same," Mr Chatterjee told television channels. Meanwhile, Jagadeesh Kumar, Vice Chancellor of JNU, welcomed the UGC directives."It will be a great opportunity for us to pay tributes and gratitude to our armed forces who are sacrificing their lives to keep our country safe and secured," Mr Kumar told Republic TV. He said all universities across the country should observe this day to "sensitise" students about the role played by armed forces in keeping the country safe and secured. The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday directed varsities and higher educational institutions to observe September 29 as "Surgical Strike Day". It suggested to hold talk-sessions by ex-servicemen about sacrifices by the armed forces, special parades, visit to exhibitions and sending greeting cards to pledge their support for armed forces.

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