The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities across India to observe December 7 as the Armed Forces Flag Day. As per a letter from UGC secretary Prof Rajnish Jain to all the vice chancellors of all universities across India, the Commission has asked the varsities to commemorate the “supreme sacrifices” made by the country’s soldiers during conflicts.
The letter said, “As you are aware the Armed Forces Flag Day is observed every year on 7th December to commemorate the supreme sacrifices made by our valiant Armed Forces personnel for protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country and securing our lives against the threats of insurgency and terrorism as well as providing rescue and relief during natural calamities”.
The commission also asked the varsities to organise functions or hold talks in the colleges or institutes to generate awareness on the issue among the students.
“Accordingly, the universities are requested to arrange functions / talks for the students in their colleges / institutes to generate awareness among the youth about the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces and the significance of the day in our lives”, the letter added.
The Indian Armed Forces Flag Day is observed every year on December 7 since 1949 to honor the soldiers, airmen and sailors of the country. The occasion is celebrated to remind the nation of its obligation to look after veterans, disabled soldiers, war widows and dependents of those who have sacrificed their lives for the safety, honour and Integrity of the motherland.