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Armed Forces Flag Day celebrated in higher education institutions to remember supreme sacrifices made by valiant armed forces personnel
The Armed Forces Flag Day dedicated to motivate people to contribute for the welfare of defence personnel got observed on December 7 across the nation. The observance is being held since 1949 with the addition of honouring the soldiers, sailors and airmen of India for their exemplary contribution.

Keeping in view the suggestion from the UGC to observe Dec 7 as Armed Forces Flag Day, various higher education institution observed the day by holding functions, talks, seminars and dicussions to highlight the supreme sacrifices made by the country's soldiers during various conflicts.

Immediately after India achieved independence, a need arose for the government to manage the welfare of its defence personnel. On August 28, 1949, a committee set up under the defence minister decided to observe a Flag Day annually on December 7. The idea behind observing a Flag Day was to distribute small flags to the general population and in return collect donations. Flag Day gains more significance as it considers that it is the responsibility of the civilian population of India to take care of the families and dependents of the armed forces personnel who fight for the country, conveyed the local university in Jaipur.

"To celebrate Armed Forces Flag Day  more than an annual ritual, we need to salute the  soldiers, sailors and airmen of  India and contribute funds  for the wellbeing of the staff of the Indian Armed Forces. Let us motivate Indian youth to join the uniformed services where there is  demand more than supply in a country otherwise suffering from unemployment and under employment", said Vice Chancellor Jagan Nath University Professor M.M. Goel while speaking at the function organized to celebrate the occasion.

This event celebration is to collect fund from the people throughout India just by selling the Indian special colorful flags, labels and stickers for the well-being , providing rehabilitation to the battle victims, well-being of the personnel of Armed Forces and their families as well as the resettlement and welfare of the ex-servicemen personnel and their families, told the VC.

"It is our moral duty to strengthen and develop the cultural bond with the  armed forces by  enhancing the welfare of the serving personnel of Indian armed forces," urged Prof. Goel.

The UGC holds that we must remember 'supreme sacrifices made by our valiant Armed Forces personnel for protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country and securing our lives against the threats of insurgency and terrorism as well as providing rescue and relief during natural calamities'.

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