In a letter to varsities and higher education institutions across the country, the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday asked them to observe Septemeber 29 as “Surgical Strike Day” and encourage students to pledge their support for the armed forces. It also directed NCC units of all varsities to hold a special parade to mark the day.
“The NCC units of all universities should organise a special parade on September 29 after which the NCC commander shall address them on the modalities of protection of the borders. The varsities may organise a talk-session calling ex-serviceman to sensitise students about sacrifices made by the armed forces,” the UGC said in a communication to all Vice Chancellors on Thursday.
“A multimedia exhibition will be organised around India Gate on September 29. Similar exhibitions may be organised in states, union territories, important towns and cantonments across the country. The institutions should encourage students and faculty members to visit these exhibitions,” the letter added.
The commission has suggested that the students shall pledge their support for armed forces by writing letters and cards which may be produced in both digital and physical format.
“The letters and cards should be shared with PRO Defence and PIB for publicity across various media,” the UGC said.
In 2016, the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC. The Army had said its special forces inflicted “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
with PTI inputs
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