To ‘instil nationalism’, Smriti Irani and VCs agree to national flag on campus

The first of such flags will be hoisted on the restive JNU campus, officials in the HRD Ministry said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 19, 2016 12:01 pm
The ministry’s directive comes in the backdrop of students in Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jadavpur University allegedly shouting anti-national slogans. (Source: PTI photo)

Vice chancellors of 39 central universities resolved to install the national flag “prominently and proudly” in their respective campuses at a meeting chaired Thursday by HRD Minister Smriti Irani.

The decision, which is aimed at “instilling nationalism and pride” in students, was one of 12 resolutions passed by VCs and has come against the backdrop of a raging controversy over anti-India slogans allegedly raised at a February 9 meeting of students on the JNU campus.

The meeting of all central university heads was called mainly to sensitise them on discrimination on university campuses, an issue that has been in the spotlight since research scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide in Hyderabad Central University. One of five students suspended from the university hostel for allegedly assaulting an ABVP student leader, Rohith was a Dalit. The meeting was attending by all central university VCs except the head of Rajiv Gandhi University in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Speaking to The Indian Express, JNU VC M Jagadesh Kumar said, “It is a matter of pride for JNU to install the national flag on our campus. We will identify a suitable place and work on it.” JNU already has the national flag installed on the terrace of its administration block. Asked if authorities would plant another one, he said, “Those are details we will look into later.”

Aligarh Muslim University VC Zameeruddin Shah said, “One VC proposed this idea and it was supported by everyone. It was felt that installing the national flag is the right thing to do and it will instil pride in everyone. I will try to institute this in a day or two.” Shah said the dimensions of the flag were neither discussed nor decided at the meeting.

Heads of Jamia Millia Islamia and Central University of Kashmir told The Indian Express that they too will identify a place to install the Tricolour soon.

The decision was met with mixed reactions. While former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah dismissed the idea, Rajya Sabha MP Naveen Jindal tweeted, “I have had a dream, a dream to see the Tiranga flying in all parts of the country. This is a dream come true for me.”

In 2004, the Supreme Court rule in Jindal’s favour, allowing all Indian citizens to hoist the national flag on all days of the year. After the judgement, he and his wife started the Flag Foundation of India which has installed monumental flag masts at more than 10 locations across the country including Central Park in the heart of New Delhi.

Abdullah tweeted, “If hoisting the flag was all it took to address feelings of alienation, problems of Kashmir & North East would have been solved decades ago.”

Hoisting of the national flag was one of 12 resolutions passed by the central university VCs. Here’s what else they intend to do:

Establishment of a grievance-redressal mechanism and appointment of an anti-discrimination officer all central universities.

To implement cost-effective and transparent access to higher education through online admissions.

To increase gross enrolment ratio to 30 per cent. Start classes in double shifts to overcome infrastructure and human resource constraints.

To offer new and innovative courses including inter-faith studies, citizenship and value education, farming technology and new media and youth.

Medium of instruction to be in English and an Indian language, preferably that of the state the university is situated in.

To have a suitable redressal mechanism to ensure healthy and conducive environment for women, students, faculty and staff.

To motivate students to become better citizens, inculcate dignity of labour and commitment for social uplift.

Speedy delivery of services through e-governance.

One week course on leadership and management at two IIMs for VCs, pro-VCs and registrar.

To establish a system of comprehensive guidance and counselling by experts.

In order to optimise academic output of the student community, universities to institutionalise peer-assisted learning through an active mentoring system involving senior students and faculty.

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    Dr. R
    Feb 22, 2016 at 2:41 am
    I am working for the Indira hi National open University as an Academic. IGNOU is one of the first Central Universities that had installed the Flag Post with a big dimension flag in the year 2010 by Prof. Rajashekaran Pillai. But, when Honorable Prof. M. Aslam became the illegally appointed Acting Vice Chancellor (First) and then an Illegally appointed regular Vice Chancellor, Prof. M. Alsam first brought down the Indian National Flag. Prof. M. Aslam hoisted the IGNOU Flag taller and to insult the Indian National Flag he had put a tiny Flag flying at a much lower height and in a very small size. I have been writing on this for quite some time. I wrotemany times to the President, PM, Minister etc.. Finally the Indian National Flag could be put back in the tall Flag Post only after the Vice Chancellor Prof. M. Aslam was asked to go on long leave . In JNU it was by the students indulging in anti national activities, whereas, at IGNOU, there are no students at the campus, here at IGNOU, some of the Teachers are indulging in Anti National Activities, still no arrests, no sedation charges, no action. Justice to be the same for the students as well as the teachers or even the Vice Chancellor. Prof. Satyakam who was the Chief Security officer then, Prof. A.R. Khan and Prof. J.M Parak are some of the Professors of IGNOU responsible to insult the Nation by bringing down the Indian national Flag. The reason they gave was that IGNOU do not have the money to wash the national Flag regularly.
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      indian
      Feb 18, 2016 at 1:27 pm
      Excellent move. Now media please don't cry intolerance
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      1. b
        bigger.bugger.brahmin.beggers
        Feb 19, 2016 at 12:20 am
        All university students should next be asked to procrastinate in from of National flag else they should be declared Anti-National and barred from any studies for the rest of their life and all those seats should be handed over to brahmin douches.
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          Bash.brahmins
          Feb 19, 2016 at 12:16 am
          Manu-Smriti Irani, covering her origin by raising flags, like a Chanakya scoundrel!
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          1. N
            Narendra.Modi.the.BUTCHER
            Feb 19, 2016 at 1:06 am
            We Indians have a bigger problem "brahmin scoundrels problem"
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              Truth
              Feb 20, 2016 at 2:09 pm
              If a person has cancer, you say he has concer not that some cells in his body has cancer. Healthy cells in that body cannot however cut themselves off. Same is case with islam today. Does not matter there are many good, nice, true muslims. Radical elements are killing islam and islam will die along with all good muslims. Can true muslims in India fight these radicals?
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              1. R
                Really?
                Feb 19, 2016 at 3:33 am
                I misspelled alequm i think. Pls dont kill me, that was genuine mistake.
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                1. R
                  Really?
                  Feb 19, 2016 at 3:25 am
                  Mohammad, very smart yet again. Now you are in deception mode. No, despite your cunning attempt, an elected govt has no need to get involved in such trivial university level politics. Only kejriwal or khangress fan will be fooled by such childish claims. Not because its stopid but because they are hateful of we all know who.
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                  1. R
                    Really?
                    Feb 19, 2016 at 3:30 am
                    Mohammad, what is your excuse to not respect the country that feeds you?
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                    1. R
                      Really?
                      Feb 19, 2016 at 3:36 am
                      Mohammad, you want w india painted green, dont you?
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                      1. R
                        Really?
                        Feb 19, 2016 at 3:18 am
                        Mohammad, your religion and your terrorism is the real problem. Can I save my country from your repeated terrors again n again?
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                        1. R
                          Really?
                          Feb 19, 2016 at 3:47 am
                          Ok mohammad. So you will not kill me now, right? We are brothers of the same country that we both love so much, rgt?
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                            Continue
                            Feb 19, 2016 at 2:45 pm
                            Teacher gives him ZERO and write jai hind in the bottom of flag. Student goes home and tells his father - Abbu jan, these hinduz have understood how cunning we are now. We will not be given special status, sharia law, reservations anymore. We are equal not special anymore. Only dalit who truly deserve the reservstions will get it. Father angrily retorts - how dare you talk back to your abbu, you are k a f.eer and he chops off sons head.
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                              Continue
                              Feb 19, 2016 at 2:57 pm
                              Why muslims do not sing "Vande Matram" ?
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                                Wakeup
                                Feb 20, 2016 at 2:03 pm
                                Bit.ach, your modi phobia has u on a perm plug in your butt for the fear of RSS. I have no clue what is your RSS neither do i care. Radical Islam is destroying your country and many other countries and ppl like you are using muslims to try to topple an elected democratic govt for uour minority votes. Thst is how i see it as an outsider. That is how so many ppl like me see it too. You ppl are the real traitors of your country.
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                                  Wakeup
                                  Feb 20, 2016 at 9:21 am
                                  Not just they will not sing Vande Matram but they will give all sort of excuses not to respect your culture, religion, flag, country. Muslims do not believe in tolerance for other religions. They will abuse your faith in the name of freedom of expression but dare you do even try to draw a cartoon. Sweden, Germany, England is being ra.ped by these barbarians. Your country India is next in line. Hindus wake up or be prepared for very hard times ahead. Hope you people learn from your history.
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                                    Strange
                                    Feb 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm
                                    Why muslims do not agree to have same law for all citizens? Why insist on sharia law when we all citizens are bound to the consution of India?
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                                      Haradhan Mandal
                                      Feb 19, 2016 at 9:13 am
                                      Why not a 207 feet Statue of Mahatma hi? AND a plaque at the base of the statue with a QUESTION written (in capital letter) on the plaque - 'Which Patriotic and Nationalistic "INDIAN" murdered me' and 'Who "celebrates" my DEATH anniversary' every year?
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                                        Fatima
                                        Feb 20, 2016 at 5:10 pm
                                        I agree with the lady on this. I am pained by the discussion in the thread. Some muslims are indeed anti nationals. They are making others look bad. Being a muslim i will stand by the truth. India is a my country and these traiters need to be punished irrespective of religion, caste or political views.
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                                          Babu
                                          Feb 19, 2016 at 3:06 am
                                          She should have two flags on her twin peak first
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                                            Boot.lickers
                                            Feb 19, 2016 at 12:14 am
                                            An IRANIAN BCH is instilling Indian patriotism to Indians, like an ITALIAN BCH was single handedly governing 4 times the potion what a mive machinery if BRITISH couldn't do, FULLY CONTROLLING AW.
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