On the eve of Republic Day, Delhi University has caught the attention of all by hosting the Monumental Flag on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. The move came eleven months after all Vice-Chancellors of Central University resolved to install the national flag of the country on their campus.
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Naveen Jindal, a Member of Parliament who is also the President of Flag Foundation of India, hoisted the Indian national flag at the college on the eve of Republic Day. Delhi University is the first public university of India to get a national monumental flagpole, said a press release from Flag Foundation of India. In order to infuse a sense of nationalism and patriotism, a resolution was taken under the chairmanship of then HRD Minister Smriti Irani to hoist the national flag in the campus of the Universities on February 18, 2016. The decision was taken following the controversy over the alleged anti-Indian slogans raised at an event in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
CEO of Flag Foundation of India, Shahnawaz Khan said that the flagpole has been installed at Hansraj college of Delhi University. It is similar to the one installed in Central Park in Connaught Place, New Delhi.
The Flag Foundation of India is the only registered society set up as a non-profit body on June 3, 2002 after Naveen Jindal, Member of Parliament won a seven-year long court battle that allowed all Indians to display National Flag of India with pride at their offices, homes and factories on all days of the year.
The Supreme Court of India ruled that the hoisting of the national flag throughout the year by Indian citizens is a fundamental right. Post this ruling, the Flag Foundation of India was founded by Navin Bansal, which is a non-governmental organisation to bring awareness about comprehensive understanding of National Flag. One of the objectives of this organisation is understanding the nature of Indian struggle of independence.