The order, comprising a detailed time schedule of the events also makes videography and photography mandatory failing which action may be initiated against erring institutions.
The circular states that along with photographs, videos of the programmes must be shot as well.
Minister of state for Minority Welfare, Baldev Olakh justified the order saying it was necessary to inculcate a sense of pride and honour for the national anthem and song among the students.
The circular states that the flag hoisting and programme will commence at 8 am.
The Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had asked madarsas affiliated to the UP Madarsa Shiksha Parishad to pay tribute to freedom fighters and hold cultural programmes on August 15. The madrasa students will have to sing patriotic songs and take part in sports events on Independence Day, the celebrations of which must end with the distribution of candies among all. After this, tribute will be paid to the martyrs of freedom struggle.
While some Muslim clerics and Maulvis agreed to comply with it, others have expressed concern.
71st Independence Day is going to be celebrated across the country on August 15. We can use them in our magazine or upload them on our website, " he said.
Syed Imad Uddin, chairman Madhya Pradesh Madarsa Board told HT that madrsas have been sending photographs of the flag hoisting and other events to mark Independence Day over the years across the state. He further said, "The madarsas do not get additional funds for celebrating national day functions and even if an order comes, it should be for all and not only for educational institutions imparting religious education of a particular community". "Where was the doubt", he asked.
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