University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday directed higher education institutions to observe September 29 as “Surgical Strike Day” and encourage students to pledge support for the armed forces.  It also directed the National Cadet Corps (NCC) units to organise a special parade to mark the day. In a letter addressed to vice chancellors, UGC secretary Rajnish Jain said that Surgical Strike Day has to be celebrated in a befitting manner.

“The students shall pledge support to the armed forces by writing letters and cards which may be produced in both physical and digital format. These letters and cards will be shared with PRO, Defence and PIB for publicity across various media, including Social Media,” the letter reads. The UGC said that physical letters so received can be given to nearest cantonment or presented to army officials visiting various colleges for short meetings with students. “It will also provide photo-ops for the students,” it adds.

The UGC also directed all higher education institutions with NCC units to organise a special parade on September 29, after which the NCC commander will address them on the modalities of protection of the borders.  “The universities/colleges may organise a meeting, calling ex-service men who will sensitise the students about the sacrifices made by the armed forces in protecting the borders,” the missive states.

A multimedia exhibition would be organised around India Gate on September 29. “Similar exhibitions may be organised at all the state capitals/UTs and important towns/cantonments all over India,” the missive states. “The exhibition will be a public event and higher education institutions may encourage its faculty and students to visit these exhibitions,” the missive adds. Indian armed forces had carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across LoC and inflicted “significant casualties” on terrorists was being trained to infiltrate from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to India.

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