University Grants Commission of India, the ultimate regulatory authority for higher education in the country has asked all universities and educational institutions to get their students to meet the families of martyrs and visit the memorials of freedom fighters, with India celebrating its 70th Independence Day on August 15.
While sending out another notice to all institutions, the UGC has recommended that the students from all across the country, with the help of their faculty, take a pledge to make India a 'terrorism-free, corruption-free, uncleanness-free, caste-free, and poverty-free society.'
As per a report by NDTV, JS Sandhu, Secretary of University Grants Commission, stated in his notice to the universities,
Faculty is requested to conduct guided tours for the students to memorials of freedom fighters and places/houses of any martyr from military, para-military and police, to acquaint the students with the contributions of the freedom fighters.
According to a report by Outlook India, the secretary said,
The Prime Minister's endeavour to have a terrorism-free, caste-free, corruption-free, uncleanness-free and poverty-free society would only actualise with the help of the society and make his vision a reality. Accordingly you are requested to kindly organise pledge-taking ceremony on August 9 at 9.30 am.
The University Grants Commission has also requested the educational institutions that they facilitate several activities like quiz competitions to sensitise students about the contributions of freedom fighters and invite prominent educationists to their campuses for talks and seminars with respect to freedom struggle, starting from August 9 to August 30, under the name 'New India Manthan'. This is to commemorate 75 years of the 'Quit India Movement' and 70 years of Indian independence.