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By The Wire Staff

New Delhi: The Union government has asked higher educational institutions (HEIs) to screen Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on Wednesday (March 13) as he lays down the foundation stones for semiconductor facilities in Gujarat and Assam.

The move has been perceived as a bid to reach out to first-time voters ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls before the model code of conduct comes into effect, according to the Telegraph.

The semiconductor facilities are being set up in Gujarat’s Dholera and Sanand as well as Morigaon in Assam.

Calling it a “propaganda programme” some educators have accused the government of interfering with the autonomy of HEIs, the report said.

Posters and compliance reports

The education ministry has asked institutions to put out ‘Viksit Bharat’ posters with pictures of Modi at the programme venues. The ministry also wants the institutions under its control to send compliance reports after the event, the Telegraph reported.

The ministry as well as the University Grants Commission (UGC) have issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) and a background note for the conduct of the event to all universities, including state-level universities and private universities

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