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National flag to fly at all universities

Nationalism by order was the outcome when the Vice-Chancellors of 42 Central universities agreed to fly the national flag on their buildings to counter the rising tide of what they perceived as anti-nationalism sweeping the campuses.

The proposal of the Vice-Chancellors, who met in Surajkund, Haryana on Thursday, had the endorsement of the Ministry for Human Resource Development.

They said it was the outcome of an informal discussion with HRD Minister Smriti Irani, who chaired the conference. The Vice-Chancellors of Jadavpur University, and Jawaharlal Nehru University — now witnessing protests against the arrest and assault of JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar — were among those present in the meeting called by the Ministry.

Confusion prevailed over the dimensions of the flag. The Vice-Chancellors said details are to be worked out. It is learnt the tri-colour will fly on 207-ft. high masts.

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