Facing criticism over its diktat to celebrate December 25th as ‘good governance day’, the human resources development ministry on Monday asked all Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Management and central universities to reschedule the functions marked for that day.
Earlier the ministry had backtracked on its directive to the Navodaya schools to celebrate good governance day, claiming instead the competitions would be held online and the schools would remain shut.
“Regarding the functions on good governance, it is clarified that they could be organised on any day before December 25 as educational institutions remain closed on that day for Christmas,” the ministry wrote to the IITs and IIMs on Monday.
The ministry, on December 11, had written to the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) asking it to instruct all institutions under it to observe December 25 as good governance day by holding seminars, competitions, etc. The ministry however denied it had directed schools to remain open on the day, which is a public holiday. In a press statement issued on Monday it said all activities planned for the day were online and voluntary.
“The proposed instructions of the CBSE are to conduct an online essay competition on December 24 and 25, which is completely voluntary… students if so desire can participate from their homes or any other place that offers online access,” the statement said.