The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed the universities across the country to celebrate November 11 as National Education Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of freedom fighter and first Education Minister of independent India - Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
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Jaspal Sandhu, Secretary of UGC, issued a circular to all the universities stating that it was the idea of Ministry of Human Resource and Development to organise National Education Day celebrations in all the universities. On this occasion, the varsities can conduct various competitions for the students which may include essay writing, elocution and slogan writing on the importance of education and nation’s commitment to all the aspects of education. Similarly, the universities can conduct various initiatives like holding workshops and rallies with banners and slogans.
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Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was a meritious student who brought out several journals. He served as India’s first Education Minister from the year 1947 to 1958. During his term, he emphasised on free and compulsory education for the children between 6 to 14 years of age. He also gave importance to adult literacy.
Under his leadership, numerous universities were established and called for institutions that promoted research and higher studies. The first Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and University Grants Commission came into existence during his tenure.
Maulana Azad was also an Urdu poet who composed numerous poems when he was young. Later, he served as a journalist and played a significant role in promoting Indian nationalism. He was conferred Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award by the Government of India in the year 1992.