Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde has said that the union government has confirmed that there will be no state holiday for schools and colleges on Tuesday, following the death of ex-President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
The government has declared a national mourning period of 7 days, Union Home Secretary LC Goyal had earlier said.
This is a drastic departure from convention. Protocol allows for 7 days mourning only in the event of death of a sitting President. The government’s declaration therefore speaks of the standing of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in the minds of the people as well as in political circles.
In particular, Kalam enjoyed much popularity among students. The declaration of week-long mourning had thus created confusion about the status of schools and colleges on Tuesday, but it has now been confirmed that these institutions will remain open.