New Delhi: Universities and higher educational institutions across the country have been directed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to observe September 29 as “Surgical strike day”. Further, the commission has prescribed a set of activities to be undertaken for the celebrations; the activities include talk-sessions by ex-servicemen about sacrifices by the armed forces, special parades, visit to exhibitions and sending greeting cards to pledge their support for armed forces.

“The NCC units of all universities should organise a special parade on September 29 after which the NCC commander shall address them on the modalities of protection of the borders. The varsities may organise a talk-session calling ex-servicemen to sensitise students about sacrifices made by the armed forces,” the UGC said in a communication to all Vice Chancellors on Thursday. “A multimedia exhibition will be organised around India Gate on September 29.

The commission has suggested that the students shall pledge their support for armed forces by writing letters and cards which may be produced in both digital and physical format. “The letters and cards should be shared with PRO Defence and PIB for publicity across various media,” the UGC said.

It must be noted that India carried out surgical strikes on September 29, 2016 on seven terror launch pads across the LoC with the Army saying its special forces inflicted “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).