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Surgical Strike Day: Javadekar says no politics, only patriotism; not compulsory

9/21/2018

New Delhi, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said there was no compulsion on institutions to observe the second anniversary of the surgical strike on September 29. "We have not made any compulsions on institutions or students. We have issued a programme because of suggestions from many students & teachers that they need to commemorate the second anniversary of surgical strike," Mr Javadekar on UGC circular. "On 29th Sept (anniversary of surgical strike), we have asked colleges, those who want to, can arrange a lecture by ex-army officers who can tell the students how defence forces defend the country and how the surgical strike was conducted," he added. Mr Javadekar's explanation came after former Union minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal accused the Modi government of destroying the 'independence' of UGC through such directives. Yesterday, the University Grants Commission (UGC) directed varsities and higher educational institutions to observe September 29 as "Surgical Strike Day". The Commission 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. "A multimedia exhibition will be organised around India Gate on September 29. Similar exhibitions may be organised in states, union territories, important towns and cantonments across the country. The institutions should encourage students and faculty members to visit these exhibitions," the Commission in its letter stated.

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