The University Grants Commission (UGC, the higher education regulator) has directed universities and higher educational institutions (HEIs) in India in India to observe 21 May as Anti-Terrorism Day so as to wean youth away from terrorism.
The reason for marking this day as 21 May marks the death anniversary of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who was assassinated in 1991 at an election rally near Chennai by a women suicide bomber from Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, a separatist Sri Lankan Tamil outfit). The year 2019 mark 28th death anniversary of Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
21 May observed as Anti-Terrorism Day throughout India,every year, seeks to spread awareness among people about dangers of terrorism and violence and its effect on people, society and country altogether.
The Commission said in a letter to the Vice Chancellor that every year May 21 is observed as Anti-Terrorism day in India to wean away the youth from terrorism and showing as to how it is prejudicial to the national interest.
UGC also suggested varsities and higher educational institutions to undertake activities for the day which includes discussions, symposium, debates, pledge taking ceremony and films screening as per the recommendations of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India.