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IOK University students refuse to stand up for Indian anthem

Srinagar, October 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the students of Kashmir University refused to stand up while the Indian anthem was being played during a special convocation, where Governor N N Vohra, who is also the chancellor of the varsity, was invited to deliver an address.

The authorities in the University of Kashmir had to face embarrassment yet again on Wednesday when a special convocation was being organized by the varsity to confer Doctorate of Science degrees.

The rest of the students both boys and girls preferred not to stand up and remained seated when the Indian anthem was played out to formally begin the proceedings of the convocation. Scores of students also left the convocation hall and did not hear the address of the Governor.

Similarly, in June, this year, students and teachers remained seated when India’s national anthem was played in the university in the presence of Chief Justice of India.

Kashmir University witnessed such embarrassing moments several times in 2012. On May 11, 2012, many of the students participating in the inaugural function of a 3-day International Seminar on ‘Impact of Peace, Conflict and Disturbances on Economic Development Processes’ remained seated while the anthem was being played in the presence of Vohra.

Again, four days later, some students and faculty members had refused to stand up for the anthem in a function titled ‘Television and New Media Technologies, the changing paradigm of education’.

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