"It is not acceptable to us, since we feel that this is a clear attempt of saffronization of education," said West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee.
The West Bengal government refused to follow the orders of the University Grants Commission in which asked all the vice chancellors of universities and heads of higher educational institutions to provide the facility to teachers and students to see the Prime Minister's address on September 11.
On the contrary, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that this is the attempt of the government to saffronise the education system.
West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said "The Centre cannot do it without informing or without taking the concurrence of the state government concerned. 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 got puzzled by the UGC circular and they approached us regarding it. I clearly told them that there is no necessity to adhere to the UGC directive".
"There has been no discussion with the state government regarding this matter. And the UGC is sending instructions directly to state-run universities despite there is an education department of the state government" he added.
The minister also criticized the center for putting the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya and Swami Vivekananda on the same move and said that it is a wrong move.
"Vivekananda is a global figure and the move to keep him on the same platform with Deendayal Upadhyaya is not a correct move," he said.
The UGC had asked the institutions to identify the common places where inside their institutions where they can watch the PM's speech on September 11.