Kolkata, Sep 8 (IANS) The West Bengal government on Friday said it will not direct state-run universities to follow through with the University Grants Commission (UGC) circular on viewing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on September 11. Also Read - Japanese Women's Team Pulls out of Asian Wrestling

The circular asked all the vice chancellors of universities and heads of higher educational institutions to “provide opportunity and facility to the teachers and students to view” Modi’s address. Also Read - Bihar Police Officer Beaten to Death by Locals in Bengal's Uttar Dinajpur

Modi would be addressing a student leaders’ convention on the theme of ‘Young lndia, New India — A Resurgent Nation: from Sankalp to Sidhhi’ in New Delhi on the occasion of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya’s centenary celebrations and 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s address at the Chicago World Parliament of Religions. Also Read - 'Glad They Are Taking My Clubhouse Chat Seriously', Prashant Kishor Reacts to Audio Clip Released by BJP

“This is a clear attempt to saffronise education. They are taking decisions on their own without consulting us,” West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said here.

“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,” Chatterjee said.

In August, the state government had issued “urgent” instructions to all schools and other educational institutions to “stop all preparations” for celebrating Independence Day 2017 in a format prescribed by the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.