Rajasthan education minister Vasudev Devnani expressed his desire to continue bureaucrat-student interactions on a monthly basis after an inspiring experience during one such exercise on Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary in Ajmer.
The education minister said that the government had launched the “pilot project” in Ajmer district where bureaucrat-student interactions were held in 55 schools.
The move could be extended to the entire state after considering various related aspects, he hinted, adding even technocrats, doctors and other experts could be included in the team.
Devnani said, “Children are curious to know how to become an IAS officer, a doctor or an engineer. Such interactions boost their confidence.”
On January 12, senior government officials talked about the life and works of Swami Vivekananda.Ajmer divisional commissioner Dharmendra Bhatnagar said such interactions with the students had been refreshing as they went beyond the text books.
He said that sanitation and health issues were also discussed during the visit. “Though the visit was planned on a special day, but such visits will be fruitful on a routine basis too. I would make sure I visit a school once in a month,” said the senior IAS officer.
The education minister, who had been principal of a polytechnic college in Udaipur before joining politics, said, “Education is a priority for chief minister Vasundhara Raje, She always keeps suggesting ways to improve the quality of education.”
After the monthly visits by bureaucrats have been finalised, the officials would be asked to give their feedback to make improvements, the minister said.Ajmer deputy collector Kanha Ram said the district administration had asked the officials to apprise the students about the life of Vivekanand, skill development in various fields, painting and essay writing.
“The students enjoyed the activities and a fruitful feedback was received,” he added.