KU Students, Faculty Remain Seated During National Anthem

SRINAGAR - In yet another embarrassing moment for the Kashmir University, the students and some faculty members of its Law Department did not stand when the national anthem was played today on the arrival of Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir.

The Press Trust Of India reports that as soon as the Chief Justice and some other dignitaries entered the convocation hall of the university here, the national anthem was played. The dignitaries, the High Court judges and other judicial staff stood up in respect of the national anthem. However, the students and some staff members of the varsity remained seated.

Ironically, the students designated as stewards at the function signalled the students to sit down when some of them rose as the anthem was being played.

The officials of the Kashmir University refused to comment on the incident. The Chief Justice visited the university, which was founded in 1948, to address the faculty and students of the Law department.

Last year, after a similar situation the Jammu Kashmir governor NN Vohra held a meeting of the Heads of the Departments of the University and the vice-chancellor and directed them to ensure that such things never happened in the future.

Pertinently, the vice-chancellor of University of Kashmir, Prof Talat Ahmed, had asked the varsity faculty to “behave and show respect for the national anthem.” “Teachers have certain inclination towards certain ideologies and it eventually passes on to the students. If teachers behave students will follow,” Prof Talat had said on the sidelines of a function at Gandhi Bhavan auditorium, when many students in the audience remained seated on his arrival.

On May 11, some of the faculty members and many students remain seated when the national anthem was played at the inaugural function of a 3-day International Seminar on “Impact of Peace, Conflict and Disturbances on Economic Development Processes.” The incident irked N N Vohra, who took up the matter with the V-C and other officials and asked them to ensure that everyone shows respect for the national anthem.

But five days later, on May 16, some faculty members and students again chose to remain seated during the inaugural ceremony of a two-day event while the national anthem was being played. The incident shocked many of the delegates who had come from different states to participate in the orientation program. He had that faculty should mend their ways as such incidents are not only disturbing but become stumbling blocks in higher education. “Teachers should educate students morally on all levels and I will personally keep a check on the moral education of the students in the varsity,” Prof Talat had said.

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