NEW DELHI: Music bands visiting IITs and Central Universities over the next month would be performing patriotic numbers. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has asked the higher educational institutions to host music bands who would be performing patriotic songs and dances. The new initiative by MHRD is part of the government programme ‘Yeh India ka time hai’.
To implement its idea, the ministry has identified certain bands which would be visiting campuses across the country and perform patriotic numbers, specially from Bollywood.
A senior official from the ministry said, “A private entertainment firm has been taken on board which has identified around a dozen rock bands. The shows will be planned in various institutions over the next month.” The programme has been organised to celebrate 70 years of
India’s Independence and 75 years of the Quit India Movement.
Notably, Last year, the Central Universities had decided to fly the national flag in their premises apparently in a bid to instil a sense of patriotism in students and also to counter the rising tide of what they perceived as anti-nationalism sweeping the campuses.
That decision was the outcome of an informal discussion between Vice-Chancellors of 42 Central universities with the then HRD Minister Smriti Irani.
Pertinently, earlier this month, the government had also asked all universities and educational institutions to take students to memorials of freedom fighters and residences of martyrs in the run-up to the 70th Independence Day celebrations.
The varsities and schools also organised an oath taking ceremony where students, teachers and non-teaching staff took a pledge to make the country a “terrorism-free, caste-free, corruption-free, uncleanness-free and poverty-free society”.