Mamata Banerjee has once again taken on the centre, this time on its move to air PM Modi’s speech live at colleges and universities. The West Bengal government has directed all the universities and colleges under its jurisdiction to ignore the directive of University Grants Commission (UGC) to arrange live telecast of Modi’s speech on September 11 on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s address to the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
“The Centre cannot do it without informing or without taking the concurrence of the state government concerned,” said Partha Chatterjee, state education minister at a press conference at Nabanna (state secretariat) on Friday.
“It is not acceptable to us since we feel that this is a clear attempt of saffronisation of education. The colleges and universities in the state were surprised by the recent UGC circular. Then they approached us. I have clearly told them that there is no necessity to adhere to the UGC directive,” said Chatterjee.