Himachal Pradesh education department will shortly fine tune the National Anthem being sung in the morning assemblies in the government-run schools across the state. The education department will provide audio compact disc containing national and other patriotic songs.
It will be mandatory for schools to play the audio compact disc during the morning assemblies. The government's move to disburse audio compact disc came following the reports that the students were not singing the national anthem properly during morning assemblies prior to day's start at the schools.
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh - who also holds the education portfolio - had directed the education department to prepare a compact disc that comprises the National Anthem along with other patriotic and the welcome songs. The government has also directed the department to provide sound systems in the all the schools that could be used for playing patriotic songs during assemblies and later for the other programs in the schools.
"We had prepared such audio compact discs earlier also. Now we are just observing what changes are required to be made to them," additional chief secretary (education) PC Dhiman told Hindustan Times. "We are making separate budgetary provisions for the CDs and the sound system," said Dhiman.
Currently there are 1552 senior secondary schools in the state and 846 high schools. The state had a total of 2297 middle schools, besides it has 10766 primary schools. Initially, the CDs and the sound system will be made available at senior secondary schools and later on to the high schools.
"It has been done so that the National Anthem and national songs are sung in a proper manner," said Dhiman. The CM had announced to recruit at least one music teacher in the government-run colleges across the state, following which the education department has sent requisition for the recruitment of music teachers to the Himachal Pradesh public service commission.