New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all the universities
and higher educational institutions nationwide to celebrate September 29 as the
“Surgical Strike Day”. This year the day will be remembered as the second
anniversary of the ‘surgical strikes’.
As per the UGC direction, talk-sessions by ex-servicemen on the sacrifices made by
armed forces, special parades, visit to exhibitions and sending of greeting cards
to show support for armed forces must be conducted on that day.
In a communication to all Vice-Chancellors, it said, “The NCC units of all
universities should organise a special parade on September 29 after which the NCC
commander shall address them on the modalities of protection of the borders. The
varsities may organise a talk-session calling ex-servicemen to sensitise students
about sacrifices made by the armed forces.”
It further said, “A multimedia exhibition will be organised around India Gate on
September 29. Similar exhibitions may be organised in states, union territories,
important towns and cantonments across the country. The institutions should
encourage students and faculty members to visit these exhibitions.”
The cards and letters which the students shall write can be produced in both
digital and physical format. The UGC has directed that the letters and the cards
should be shared with ‘PRO Defence and PIB for publicity across various media.”
On September 29 2016, India carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch
pads across the LoC with the Army. There was “significant casualties” of terrorists
who were preparing to infiltrate from the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). It was
carried out by the special forces of the Army.
The surgical strikes were launched in response to the attack on the Uri military
base attack which was carried out by Pakistan-based terrorists.