UGC circular: No compulsion on institutions to celebrate 'Surgical Strike Day', says HRD Minister

Updated:2 months, 3 weeks ago IST

New Delhi, Sep 21 (ANI): Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar on Friday reacted on the circular directed by University Grants Commission (UGC) to celebrate 'Surgical Strike Day'. He said that the ministry has asked colleges to arrange events to explain students about the role of Defence Forces and about surgical strike. “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,” said Javadekar. The HRD Minister also took a jibe at opposition parties and said that the ministry has not made any compulsion on institutions or students to celebrate the day. “We have not made any compulsions on institutions or students. We have issued a program because of suggestions from many students & teachers that they need to commemorate the second anniversary of surgical strike,” added Javadekar. UGC has written to the universities to celebrate Surgical Strike Day on September 29 to mark the event along the Line of Control that day in 2016.

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