Surajkund: A resolution was adopted earlier today in a meeting chaired by HRD Minister Smriti Irani to fly a tricolour atop a 207-feet tall flag mast. This is in an attempt to signify a “strong India” and the first will be hosted by JNU. Around 46 other Central Universities will fly the Indian flag.
“At a central place in every university, the national flag will be flown prominently and proudly,” The resolution was passed at a meeting with Irani and the Vice Chancellors of Central universities.
The move will draw a sharp reaction from the Congress which said nationalism doesn’t mean hoisting the flag and singing Vande Mataram. Congress has earlier this week reiterated that nationalism was a reflection of one’s belief in the constitution. Meanwhile, the CPM leader Brinda Karat also slammed government for the decision.
The decision was taken while the recent events took a toll on JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges for being present at an event on the campus, exactly where anti-India slogans were raised.
The government is facing criticisms and opposition over the issue, leading students, teachers and media taken aggressive steps to raise their protest.
The proposal for hoisting the national tricolour atop a 207-feet pole was put forward by Irani and unanimously endorsed by all the 46 Vice Chancellors, HRD officials said. She also put forth the proposal for hosting the first such flag at JNU, which too was backed by all the VCs, they said.
Officials in HRD Ministry said as per the resolution all the central universities, including JNU, will have to fly the tricolor and the decision was taken to “symbolise a strong and united India” in the institutions of higher education.
The meeting was called with the VC’s following a widespread protest suicide of dalit scholar of Hyderabad University Rohith Vemula.
“Nationalism just doesn’t mean hoisting the flag and singing Vande Mataram. It is about showing your belief in the Constitution, it is about showing respect to the institutions which have made the country a democratic setup,” said Congress’ member R P N Singh.
At the meeting several important aspects related to higher education, including the implementation of 2012 UGC regulations by varsities for promoting equity and addressing grievances of Scheduled Caste and Schedule Tribe students discussed.