Amidst the ongoing JNU crisis, the central government made it mandatory to hoist the Indian Tricolour atop a 207-feet mast across all central universities in India. The Indian HRD ministry directed all central universities to hoist the national flag to instill a sense of pride for the nation in the younger generation. As per the directive, the tricolor should be flown a 207-feet high mast and the flag should weigh 35 kgs.
The decision was made by Union HRD minister Mrs. Smriti Irani after consultation with the vice chancellors (VCs) of central universities in Surajkund, Haryana. Some of the universities including the much in news Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) already have a flag flying in the administrative block reported University VC Jagadeesh Kumar.
The decision has come in wake of the protests made by JNU students on Feb 9, 2016 the students raised anti India slogan, leading to an arrest and suspension of eight students. The decision also drew flak as majority of central universities already unfurl the national flag. Also it received mixed reaction on social media with few people admiring the effort and other section not feeling it could the resolve the ongoing controversy which sparked after JNU fiasco. Some also said that the decision perhaps look somewhat of a knee-jerk reaction to the JNU ruckus but better late than never.
"The flag will symbolize the unity of the nation under which our education system can flourish", said the MHRD spokesperson.
Supporting the decision, the popular actor Akshay Kumar tweeted, “Totally with the decision of the Tricolour being hoisted at all Central Universities and why not it brings out the best in us,inspires us to soar high”.
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Mr. VC Zameeruddin Shah said, “One VC proposed this idea and it was supported by everyone. It was felt that installing the national flag is the right thing to do and it will instil pride in everyone. I will try to institute this in a day or two”.