The University Grants Commission (UGC) has written to colleges and universities across the country to set up selfie points with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the background as the 2024 general elections inch closer.
The UGC letter has come on the heels of another such directive where the regulatory body had urged institutes of higher education in Maharashtra to celebrate the birth centenary year of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Dattaji Didolkar.
In its latest letter, the UGC has suggested that campus authorities should encourage students and visitors to take selfies at these points to instil a sense of “collective pride” over “India’s achievements in various fields”.
“There is a unique opportunity to harness the energy and enthusiasm of the youth, moulding their minds with inspiration drawn from India’s progress in diverse fields,” says a letter from UGC secretary Manish Joshi, sent to the vice-chancellors of all Indian universities and the principals of all the colleges on Friday (December 1).
According to the UGC’s directive, each selfie point should be established at a strategic place on the campus and have a 3D layout. It has also recommended various themes like internationalisation of education, unity in diversity, Smart India Hackathon, Indian knowledge system, multilingualism, and India’s rise in higher education, research and innovation for the photo-ops.