Uttarakhand for no holiday on birth anniversaries of icons

The Uttar Pradesh government had recently cancelled 11 declared holidays in educational institutions which were observed to mark the birth anniversaries of national and state icons.     

Published: 11th May 2017 06:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th May 2017 06:04 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

DEHRADUN: Taking a cue from Uttar Pradesh, the Uttarakhand government is preparing to do away with the tradition of having holidays in schools and colleges on the birth anniversaries of national and state icons.     

Hinting at it here today Uttarakhand minister of state for higher education Dhan Singh Rawat said, "It is being felt that by closing our schools and colleges on the birth anniversaries of national and state icons, we deprive the younger generation of a chance to know about them."   

The minister said that it will be a bigger tribute to those icons if the educational institutions are kept open on those days and programmes like lectures, debates and symposiums aimed at acquainting young students with their inspiring life story or their contribution to society are held on the campus.     

"Options are being weighed and a decision on this will soon be taken," said Rawat, who held a meeting with the office bearers of student unions recently to discuss the matter.   

The Uttar Pradesh government had recently cancelled 11 declared holidays in educational institutions which were observed to mark the birth anniversaries of national and state icons.     

State school education minister Arvind Pandey also supported the idea, saying a decision like this will be welcome as it will provide the students with an opportunity to learn about national and state icons. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp