IN the aftermath of the JNU row, in a major government order issued by ministry of Human Resource Development it has now become mandatory for all Central Universities to hoist the national flag on a 207-feet-high mast on their campuses. 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. The decision to fly Tricolour in the universities’ campus has come after ‘anti-India’ protests were allegedly carried out in JawaharLal Nehru University campus.
The ministry has also specified the height and weight of the flag, and has decreed that the flag should be 207-feet high and should weigh 135 kilograms to signify a” strong and united India” . “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 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.
The government has come under attack after the arrest of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNSU) leader Kanhaiya Kumar and subsequent attack by lawyers on students and mediapersons in Patiala courts.