Lucknow’s Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU) on Friday issued an order to install the tricolour inside the campus a day after the Centre asked all central universities across the country to fly the national flag atop a 207-feet mast.
BBAU vice-chancellor RC Sobti held a meeting with the chief executive engineer on Friday morning to chalk out a plan to hoist the tricolour on the campus. The decision on the flag was taken at a meeting of all central university vice-chancellors called by Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani on Thursday.
“We have set February 25 as the deadline. But, we still have to seek clearance from authorities of Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Amausi, Lucknow which is barely 5 km from the university,” Sobti said.
“There are certain norms that we have to adhere to because of the airport. We are not allowed to construct buildings beyond four storeys in this area. The height of the Tricolour mast exceeds that limit. A letter has been sent to the airport director,” he added.
The university has already identified an area near the canteen, which is crowded with students throughout the day, for hoisting the flag.
Sobti said he supports the decision taken at the vice-chancellors’ meet as the national flag and national anthem will evoke patriotism on the campus.
BBAU was recently in the news when a group of Dalit students shouted slogans over Rohith Vemula’s suicide, a research scholar at University of Hyderabad, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi speech during the convocation ceremony on January 22.
The Centre’s decision to ask all central universities to hoist the Tricolour is meant to evoke nationalistic sentiments on campuses, many of which have been rocked by anti-establishment protests over the past few weeks. The first such flag will be unfurled at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which is on the boil over the arrest of a top student leader for alleged anti-India demonstrations and sloganeering.
Authorities at the Indian Institute of Management too welcomed the idea of hoisting the Tricolour in campuses.
“We can certainly do it even independently of MHRD. But we will prepare to wait for some communication from MHRD because as of now media report suggests it is meant for central universities,” IIM-L director Ajit Prasad said.
Some of the degree colleges in the state capital that are affiliated to the University of Lucknow are also planning to hoist the Tricolour. National PG College and Avadh Girls’ Degree College (AGDC) confirmed that they will follow the directive.
“Anything that evokes patriotic fervour should be implemented on the campus,” National College principal SP Singh said.
AGDC principal Upma Chaturvedi was of the same view.