Another Move to Instil Nationalism, School Children In Gujarat To Say Jai Hind To Mark Attendance

| January 1 , 2019 , 13:39 IST

The Gujarat education department has issued a notice directing students to answer their roll calls with Jai Bharat or Jai Hind instead of Yes Sir or Present Sir from January 1.

The decision will be implemented in all government as well as private schools.

All Education officers have been instructed to ensure that the order is being followed from January 1, 2019.

Speaking to media, Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said "this was followed in the state decades ago but somewhere down the line, it was forgotten. The Opposition Congress has accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of saffronising education."

"Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government has decided to review changes made in the education sector by the previous Vasundhara Raje government," he added.

The decision was inspired by a Rajasthan teacher who was honoured by RSS student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Sandeep Joshi, a History teacher at a school in Rajasthan’s Jalore district, had received the Yashwantrao Kelkar youth award at the ABVP’s national conference for his work in education. 

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In May 2018, then Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Madhya Pradesh had issued a similar direction asking students to say Jai Hind instead of Yes Sir or Yes Mam to answer their roll call.





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Simona Halep

Being an educationist and sociologist I think this, not a good practice among the students as it shows background studies but not overall grooming for the kids. When these kids go abroad they find it difficult to adjust themselves. Jai Hind or Jai Bharat is a phrase that can be used in PE or extra activities but in the classroom Present/ Yes attendance should have remained unchanged. If that case, the Government should make a budget for affordable essays and homework aid for the students in regional areas of India. This decision seems strange and irrelevant in context to schooling.