New Delhi, Aug 7: To instill patriotism in students, the government is planning to organise rock concerts and quiz with nationalism as theme at top colleges as part of celebration for 70th Independence Day. With rock concerts and quiz competitions, the government wants to instil patriotism in college students in a manner that interests them. The University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry has issued a circular directing universities across the country to organise a number of activities to sensitise students towards the freedom struggle and the Quit India Movement.

Between August 9 to August 13, a host of rock bands will sing patriotic numbers at elite institutes like the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and central universities such as the Delhi University. “A number of rock bands have been identified by the information and broadcasting ministry, and 100 institutions that have adequate space to accommodate at least a thousand persons will be selected. All institutions have been asked to participate in the event,” a senior HRD Ministry official was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

Also, quiz competitions on the Quit India Movement and the freedom struggle are being planned for students across the country, expected to have a turnout of 1 crore students. The top 10 winners will be invited to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Institutions will be sent questions related to the quiz and the they will organise it within the campus. Out of these, a final selection will be done and 10 students will get a chance to meet the Prime Minister,” the official added.

According to the UGC circular, colleges have been asked to plan tours for students to memorials of freedom fighters and places/houses of any martyr from the military, paramilitary and police. Pledge taking should also be carried out on August 9. “The Prime Minister’s endeavour to have a terrorism-free, caste-free, corruption-free, uncleanness-free and poverty-free society would only actualise with the help of society and make his vision a reality. Organise pledge taking ceremony on August 9, at 9.30 am by all students, faculty and non-teaching staff of the institution,” reads the UGC circular.

Last month, Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice Chancellor (VC) M Jagadesh Kumar requested the government to install an Army tank in the campus instil a “love for the Army” among students.