A University Grants Commission (UGC) mandate to varsities and their affiliated colleges to encourage student to sing Mahatma Gandhi's bhajans, similar to Vaishnava Jana To, on their grounds from October 2 to 9 has divided the academic community in the state. The event is in remembrance of the Father of the Nation's 150th birth commemoration. The UGC circular says bhajans can be sung in various dialects on the lines of "mile sur mera tumhara". In any case, a segment of academic and student has portrayed the move as shallow.
Varadesh Hiregange, director, Gandhian and Peace Studies, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), said this is a bureaucratised method for celebrating Gandhi Jayanti. "He and his thoughts should be considered more important, than simply being constrained to plays and singing bhajans on his commemoration. There ought to have been an intellectual engagement of students. There is where he rattled off numerous valuable constructive exercises, as Swachh Bharat that could realize societal change. I would state significantly more could have been done to praise his introduction to the world commemoration," he said.
KR Venugopal, vice-chancellor, Bangalore University, Jnana Bharthi grounds, who says he's a supporter of Mahatma Gandhi's thoughts, be that as it may, felt the directive will have a few advantages. The UGC circular said there will be an across the nation rivalry of plays on Mahatma Gandhi. The best three plays declared at the college level will be sent to UGC and MHRD (service of human asset advancement) with YouTube chronicles so 10 of them can be chosen for a worldwide tradition to be hung on September 29 in Delhi. August 25 is the last date for sending the sections.
"We are holding our college fest on October 24, which is dedicated to the flood casualties and 150th commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi. We are not arranging any play, but rather will have a message wall for students where they can expound on Gandhi's contemplations. There will likewise be a celebration of verse on and by Mahatma Gandhi," said a representative for St Joseph's College (Autonomous).
"Recalling incredible men on their introduction to the world and passing commemorations is vital. In spite of the fact that I value the activity to watch the birth commemoration of Mahatmaji, it ought to be an event to recall his thoughts and lessons. There ought to be no impulse on students," said Ajay Kamath, secretary, All India Democratic Students' Organization (AIDSO).