In accordance with directives by the Human Resource Development Ministry (MHRD) and the UGC — to hold fortnightly celebrations to mark the 70th Independence Day — JNU is all set to organise an array of events including prabhat pheri (early morning walks) and fancy dress competitions.
The university is also planning to hold essay-writing competitions and organise visits to local landmarks commemorating the freedom movement. It will also hold a singing competition of patriotic songs and organise a freedom run.
“As per the advice received from MHRD and UGC, we are organising these activities for the first time… these will culminate in the mass recitation of the national anthem by all students at 11 am on August 23,” said Dean of Students Rana P Singh.
“We have also taken the initiative to organise a few programmes, since it is our 70th Independence Day. For each event and competition, students, teachers and staff members would be divided into various groups. Every one will be free to participate,” he said.
On August 15, the university will organise a freedom run in the morning, followed by a flag-hoisting ceremony. A ‘cultural evening’ will be held on August 20, when participants will speak on topics such as ‘1857 freedom struggle’ and the ‘fight for India’s independence’.
The MHRD and UGC had earlier issued notices to vice-chancellors of various universities, asking them to celebrate the ‘Freedom Fortnight’. and submit a report on it.