Govt to IITs, universities: Host patriotic rock fests to mark 70 years of freedom


New Delhi: In a directive sent to all the IITs and central universities, the Human Resource Development Ministry has asked them to host “patriotic music bands” as part of the government’s drive to mark 70 years of India’s independence and 75 years of the Quit India Movement.

The directive dated August 21 and sent to Vice-Chancellors and Directors of all 75 higher education institutions controlled by the Centre asks them to celebrate “Ye India Ka Time Hai” event. Part of the proposal says they should host a session on “New India Manthan” followed by a music concert by select rock bands.

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

The IITs and the central universities have been asked to identify suitable venues for the event, and has instructed them to inform students in advance. The directive also says that since the bands will play patriotic tunes, “suitable decorum” should be maintained.

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