Sing Vande Matram to live here, says minister

Dehradun: In a bid to make singing of national anthem  and national song compulsory across all colleges in Uttarakhand, the minister of state for higher education Dhan Singh Rawat said, “The national anthem should be sung at 10 in the morning and the national song at 4 in the evening.” 

According to a report in 'The Times of India', “Uttarakhand mein rehna hai, toh Vande mataram kehna hoga (If you want to stay in Uttarakhand, you have to sing Vande mataram),” the minister told students at a function at a college in Roorkee on Wednesday. He said that the government will also stipulate timings for the songs.

He added that in order to bring uniformity among all colleges (including state-run and private), there will soon be a dress code drafted for graduate and post-graduate students. “We will implement these steps from the next academic session in July,” the minister said.

After his statement triggered frenzied debate among both the student and teacher communities, Rawat said that his comments should be seen in proper light. “One should view my complete statement in which I have spoken about bringing positive changes for the betterment of the education system in Uttarakhand. I have also spoken about cracking down on drug usage in campuses and improving attendance of students. All these changes are aimed at bringing discipline among students. People should not misinterpret my statement,” Rawat told TOI on Thursday. He added that student bodies’ will be consulted before implementing the decision to enforce a dress code in colleges.