Showing scant regard for the directions issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Panjab University (PU) on Thursday failed to organise the oratory competition for students on the occasion of Good Governance Day.
Recently, the central government had announced that the birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which falls on December 25, would be celebrated as Good Governance Day.
In a letter issued to all the vice-chancellors in the country on December 18, the UGC had stated: “On Good Governance Day, there will be emphasis on the use of technology and innovation in the promotion of good governance. Good governance is the way of empowering the masses and delivering the benefits of higher education to the most deprived. This not only ensures accountability but also ensures that discrimination and disparities in the education system do not take place.”
The UGC had asked the varsities to organise an oratory competition before the Christmas break so that it does not disturb the Christmas holidays.
The winners of the competition were to be given prizes out of the university funds. For the first prize, the UGC had recommended a prize of Rs 15,000, while the first runners-up and the second runners-up were to get Rs10,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively.
The UGC had asked the varsities submit a compliance report through email. December 26 is the last working day of the year (before the winter break commences) and the PU has so far failed to organise the competition.
When contacted, PU registrar Col GS Chadha (retd) accepted that the varsity had not organised the competition.
He said the UGC had asked the university to conduct the competition at short notice and the university was busy with examinations.
However, he said the varsity respected the directions issued by the UGC and would conduct the competition after the winter break.
Invite medal winners to campus
To promote sports activities among the students, the UGC had also asked the university to invite medal winners, who had brought laurels to the country, to the campus to interact with students as it could play a major impact in nurturing the culture of sports.
The idea was floated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while he was addressing the felicitation ceremony of the medal winners of the 17th Asian Games.
“It is an activity where only talent emerges as the winner and as such, it inculcates discipline, perseverance and the spirit of competition among them. Sportspersons are loved by one and all and elite sportspersons are looked upon as role models, and whom they try to emulate in their daily activities,” read the communication from UGC.