After being given orders to observe B R Ambedkar’s 125th anniversary celebrations as Constitution Day in May, educational institutions now have to prepare for yet another “top priority” occasion.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has written to vice-chancellors of all Central, state, private and deemed universities, asking them to organise events on October 31 to celebrate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s 140th birth anniversary.
According to the October 1 notification, institutes have also been asked to inform the UGC about the type of activities they plan for the occasion.
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“Sardar Patel led the country’s freedom struggle from the front. He also played a significant role in uniting the states into a cohesive nation. His 140th birth anniversary falls on October 31.
“As a mark of befitting respect to our beloved leader, it has been decided to celebrate his birthday in all institutions by organising a number of activities in the form of lectures, seminars, debates, declamations, quizzes, sports etc,… on October 31,” read the notification.
Last year, the body had asked all universities to observe Patel’s birthday as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. Institutes had been asked to administer the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas pledge’ to all students, faculty and staff members, and organise a ‘run for unity’, amongst other things.
“I solemnly pledge that I dedicate myself to preserve the unity, integrity and security of the nation and also strive hard to spread this message among my fellow countrymen. I take this pledge in the spirit of unification of my country which was made possible by the vision and actions of the late Sardar Patel…,” read the pledge.