February,18,2016: The national flag will now fly prominently at all central universities, the Union human resource development ministry said on Thursday.
After a meeting between the Union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani and vice-chancellors of 46 central universities, it has been decided that flying the national flag will be mandatory in all central universities in the country.
The tricolour will fly on a 207-feet high mast on the campuses to signify “strong and united” India.
A unanimous resolution to this effect was adopted by vice chancellors of the central universities in a meeting led by Union HRD minister Smriti Irani in Surajkund.
“A proposal had come on raising the national flag on University campuses which was accepted at the meeting,” a senior HRD ministry official said.
The government has said the tricolour should be installed on a 207-foot mast and should weigh 135 kg. Under fire for its handling of the unrest in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the decision came after nationwide protests by students for the release of JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar who was arrested on February 12 following an ABVP complaint that he had made statements that amounted to sedition
The HRD ministry called the meeting of VCs after the death of dalit scholar Rohith Vemula at the University of Hyderabad triggered a massive controversy and brought the spotlight on problems faced by disadvantages sections.
However, days before the proposed meeting, a demonstration in JNU triggered another row as alleged anti-India slogans were raised at the campus after which Delhi police arrested the JNU students union president on charges of sedition.
According to TV reports, the first such flag will be unfurled at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which is at the centre of a row over a protest event where allegedly anti-India slogans were raised.