Rajasthan Schools to include a chapter on Abhinandan 

R'sthan to stop 'welcoming chief guest by students'
Last Updated 05 March 2019, 12:15 IST

Schools in Rajasthan are all set to have a heroic tale of Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in its textbooks.

The state education minister Govind Singh Dotasra confirmed in a tweet, “Abhinandan’s story of bravery will be introduced in the school syllabus of Rajasthan in a bid to honour him.” However, the education department is yet to mention the classes and the subject where Wing Commander Abhinandan’s story will be studied.

Wing Commander Abhinandan shot down a Pakistani F-16 warplane but was captured and spent about 60 hours in Pakistani custody before returning home last week.

Earlier, education minister had announced to add a chapter on CRPF personnel who attained martyrdom in the recent terrorist attack in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir on February 14.

In the wake of the Pulwama attack, Rajasthan education minister Govind Singh Dotasara has also recommended the Rajasthan State Council of Educational Research & Training (SERT), to include a chapter on the bravery tales of Pulwama martyrs in the textbooks published by Rajasthan Board of School Education. "The bravery tales of the Martyrs need to be told across. Their sacrifice should not go waste. If we can a chapter on Surgical strike, why not on martyrs ", Dotasra told DH.

Moreover, the education department of Rajasthan recently inaugurated a Government defence academy named as Maharao Shekhaji Shashastra Bal Prasikshan. Academy will be set up with an investment of Rs 31.5 crore in Sikar.

School students not to welcome chief guest: Education Minister

Rajasthan Education minister in order has directed school administration to stop the ongoing ritual where school children are asked to welcome the chief guests in their schools or public events. Stating that the time of school children is precious, education minister Govind Singh Dotasara has directed the department to ensure that no student is asked to shower the flowers at any gathering inside or outside the school. He strictly directed the education department to stop the ongoing ritual of giving mementos and flower bouquets to guests in the school functions.

One month ago, on February 7, Deccan Herald had raised the issue on twitter when school children at farm loan waiver camp in Sirsi village were asked to wait for three hours to welcome the chief guest. Hours after the tweet, Chief minister of Chattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel announced to abandon the ritual of welcoming of a chief guest by school students.

(Published 05 March 2019, 12:13 IST)

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