Universities in Delhi will celebrate Wednesday as Good Governance Day to mark the birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Earlier, the government wanted the day to be observed on December 25. But it triggered a controversy with different groups and political parties terming it an attempt to disrupt Christmas celebrations, forcing the government to retract and issue another order that day should be celebrated in a manner that it does not disturb the Christmas holiday.
Delhi University went a day ahead started good governance activities on Tuesday itself. The Cluster Innovation Centre of the varsity organized panel discussions on the topic "Use of Technology in promoting good governance". The centre also awarded two students for their presentation.
On Wednesday, the Gandhi Bhawan of the varsity will organise oratory competition and seminar on the same topic.
The topic of the seminar and the oratory competition was suggested by the ministry of human resources.
All DU colleges will also mark the day and send a compliance report by December 29. This report would then be sent to the ministry on December 30.
In Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) too, a seminar and oratory competition will be held. But members of the JNU teachers association and students' union have decided to boycott the event. "The order to force educational institutions to follow the ideological and political agenda of the government is an autocratic assault on the autonomy of educational institutions," AISA-led JNUSU president Ashutosh said.
Jamia Millia Islamia will organise a tri-lingual oratory competition along with a seminar on good governance.
However, in all the universities winter break has already started after the completion of the examinations.