UGC order on ‘surgical strike day’ destroys independence of university system, says Kapil Sibal

Kapil Sibal

New Delhi, Sep 21: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that UGC issuing order to  all universities to celebrate “Surgical Strike Day” on September 29, is destroying the very independence of the university system and asserted that they should celebrate note ban day on 8th November

“It is absolutely shocking. In fact, I don’t think since independence, we have seen UGC giving any kind of directive of this nature to universities. For UGC, to give a directive is destroying the very independence of the university system,” Kapil Sibal said.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued circular to the Vice-Chancellors of all universities to celebrate “Surgical Strike Day” on September 29 and encourage students to pledge their support for the armed forces. It also directed NCC units of all varsities to hold a special parade to mark the day.

” If they have to celebrate something then they should celebrate note ban day on 8th November, ” he said.

Kapil Sibal tweeted, “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 ?”

 

 

“The NCC units of all universities should organise a special parade on September 29 after which the NCC commander shall address them on the modalities of protection of the borders. The varsities may organise a talk-session calling ex-serviceman to sensitise students about sacrifices made by the armed forces,” the UGC said in a communication to all Vice Chancellors on Thursday.

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