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125th anniversary of Vivekananda speech: No need to air PM speech live, West Bengal govt tells colleges

Ignore the UGC directive to telecast Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on September 11 live, the West Bengal government has said.

The West Bengal government instructed colleges to ignore the UGC directive to organise live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on September 11, the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s address at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.

“The Centre cannot do it without informing or without taking the concurrence of the state government concerned,” state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said on Friday.

“It is not acceptable to us as we feel it is a clear attempt at saffronisation of education. The colleges and universities in the state were surprised by the UGC circular. Then they approached us. I have clearly told them that there is no necessity to adhere to the UGC directive,” Chatterjee said.

The UGC had recently sent a circular, asking over 40,000 institutions to organise live telecast of the Prime Minister’s speech.

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