"On September 11, at 10.30 am, Prime Minister will address the Nation to remind one and all about the relevance and significance of Swami Vivekananda's teachings in the backdrop of today's social milieu," said the UGC circular.
It also said the address would be of particular importance for the youth of today to understand and absorb the content of Swami Vivekananda's messages to the World, in order to ensure their right educational, career and spiritual growth.
'ln the light of the above,' the circular requested that all vice chancellors of universities, heads of higher educational institutions to provide an opportunity and facility to the teachers and students to view Prime Minister's address by identifying for the programme a common place, audio-visual room or auditorium in the campus and installing of proper TV/ projection facility for wide viewing.
'The students and teachers may be encouraged to participate in the event,' said the circular.
The circular also asked that the programme and venue may be prominently displayed on the campus notice board.
The link for the webcast of the programme is http://webcast.gov.in/mhrd (link also available on MHRD Website http:/1mhrd.oov.in) and the common email id to which any queries may be addressed is email@example.com, said the circular.
"lt is requested that the above event is propagated effectively and interested students obtain the facility to view such a significant programme that could be life changing," said the circular.
West Bengal opposes
Responding to the circular, West Bengal government said it will not direct state-run universities to follow the UGC circular on viewing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address on September 11.
West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said the move is a clear attempt to saffornise education, reported Indo-Asian News Service.
"We did not get any directive so we will not give any instructions to universities and the idea that state-run varsities will follow through the Centre's directive without consulting us, is wrong," Mr Chatterjee said.
(With Inputs from IANS)
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(This article was first published on September 9, 2017, and was updated several times there after)
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