The Lucknow University (LU) forgot to organise the mandatory mass singing of the national anthem by students to mark the end of an event called the Azadi 70 - Yaad Karo Qurbani (Freedom Fortnight) on Tuesday.
The Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) had on August 5 asked all varsities and colleges to organise the event at 11am on August 23.
Lucknow University, which unveiled a bronze statue of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji with pomp and show last week, did not implement the order. Many affiliated colleges also did not organise the mass singing of the national anthem.
“It’s true that at Lucknow University we could not organise the event on Tuesday (August 23) as proposed by the UGC. I had a word with dean student welfare Anil Shukla who said that he came to know about this order late,” vice-chancellor SB Nimse said.
When contacted, Shukla said university spokesperson NK Pandey would be the right person to answer queries. However, Pandey’s phone was switched off.
The idea behind the event was to educate students about the freedom movement through various celebrations as India celebrated its 70th Independence Day on August 15. The UGC had proposed a series of events at educational institutions across the country to re-instill the spirit of patriotism among the younger generation.
The spirited words of Rabindranath Tagore’s composition, ‘Jana Gana Mana...’ did find a chorus at the Aligarh Muslim University where more than 3,000 students sang the national anthem on Tuesday as part of the programme.
Children in various schools also sang the national anthem in the capital of Uttar Pradesh.
The UGC also proposed that students may paint greeting cards for jawans posted at border stations. It said that students could undertake a mass tree plantation drive that inculcates the idea of sustainable development.