Host Patriotic Rock Fests To Mark 70 Years Of Freedom, Govt Directs IITs And Universities

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| August 29 , 2017 , 17:51 IST

Continuing the government's drive to mark 70 years of India's independence and 75 years of the Quit India Movement, the Human Resource Development Ministry has asked all the IITs and central universities to host "patriotic music bands".

In a directive sent to the Vice-Chancellors and Directors of all the 75 higher education institutions controlled by the Centre, the government has asked them to celebrate a "Ye India Ka Time Hai" event. The directive has suggested that the institutes should host a session on "New India Manthan" followed by a music concert by selected rock bands.

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The music bands to perform at the events are being identified and deputed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting through the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).

“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,” a senior official said

The institutes, including the elite Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and central universities, have been asked to identify suitable venues for conducting the "Ye India Ka Time Hai" event and to inform the students in advance.

The directive has also specified that since the bands will be playing patriotic tunes "suitable decorum" should be maintained.

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The Opposition has raised questions regarding the intent behind the directive issued to the institutes.

"What is the purpose behind sending rock bands in IITs? The Modi government has done nothing for the welfare of people. Now, this is completely a divisionary politics. IITs are for innovation, not for such things," AIMIM chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi said.

Ahead of the 70th Independence Day celebrations, the government had also asked all universities and educational institutions to take their students to memorials of freedom fighters and to organise "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".