Pol row over UGC communication to varsities to observe Sep 29 as surgical strike day: WB says no

September 22, 2018

A political row broke out on September 21 over the UGC communication to varsities to observe September 29 as “Surgical strike day” with the ruling TMC in West Bengal saying it will not be followed in the state and joined the Congress to allege the move was part of BJP’s political agenda but the Centre asserted this reflected patriotism and not politics.

The Centre, however, said it is not compulsory for the universities and the higher educational institutions to celebrate the second anniversary of the surgical strikes on terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). An advisory not a direction has been issued to universities, said Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar.

Talk sessions by ex-servicemen about sacrifices by the armed forces, special parades by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and visit to exhibitions are among the prescribed events by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the celebration. Colleges have been asked to organise parades by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and lectures by ex-army officers.

On September 29, 2016, the Indian Army carried out “surgical strikes” on seven terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) as a response to an attack on its base in Uri earlier that month. The Army had said its special forces inflicted “significant casualties” on terrorists waiting there to cross into the Indian territory.

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