The UGC requested students to pledge that the day meant to “maintain national unity, integrity and security” as well as to make sure the internal security of India. A text of the pledge is provided by both the UGCs that is in English and Hindi.
The University Grant Commission issues an official notice which stated, “As you know, the Government of India celebrates October 31st, the anniversary of the birth of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Unity Day, Japan. This opportunity is a practice for our unity, integrity and security. "
The official notice also said,"It provides us with an opportunity to reaffirm our unique strength and resilience to withstand the threats of India and potential threats."
Rashtriya Ekta Diwas was introduced in 2014 and is celebrated to acknowledge the birth anniversary of the Indian freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhai Patel. Patel, who is popularly known as India’s Iron Man and was also the country's first Deputy Prime Minister from 1947 to 1950.
The purpose of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is to maintain unity and raise awareness of Patel’s contributions across the country.
The UGC has previously called on universities to celebrate Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB) by planning student visits the country's “tourist destinations” and helped them to understand the India's rich culturul heritage and diversity.