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Rajasthan schools to hold personality classes, value sessions

The initiative is a brainchild of education minister Vasudev Devnani.

jaipur Updated: Mar 31, 2017 20:00 IST
HT Correspondent
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Sanskar (cultural values) meets will also be held at schools after morning prayers on every second Saturday.(HT file photo)

The Rajasthan education department is all set to introduce personality development classes and sanskar (cultural values) sessions in government schools.

A senior education department official said schools from this academic session will encourage activities to develop personality of students -- a brainchild of education minister Vasudev Devnani -- apart from training teachers.

“The department will call subject experts as guest faculty to give lectures to students. Collectors, superintendents of police and bank managers, among others, will be urged to give lectures and share their experiences with students,” the official said. “This move will be called pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Prerak (motivational) address.”

Sanskar (cultural values) meets will also be held at schools after morning prayers on every second Saturday. “The meet aims to bring out creative and innovative capabilities of students. Lectures will be given on inspiring personalities and discussions will be held on their biographies,” said the official.

Rajasthan has around 74,000 government schools in which over 85 lakh students are enrolled.

Among other initiatives, the official said, a ‘siksha sambalan abhiyan’ will be held in two phases -- from pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya birth anniversary (September 25) to Mahatama Gandhi anniversary (October 2), and from Swami Vivekananda anniversary (January 12) to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose anniversary (January 23).

Under the campaign, interactions with students will be organised, schools will be inspected and problems addressed. “District and block education officers or additional district magistrates will visit the schools,” the official said.

Every last Saturday of a month will be observed as Seva Divas to inculcate sanitation habits among students. “On this day, teachers and students will work for cleanliness for half an hour,” the official said.

Devnani had earlier announced appointment of panchayat education officers (PEOs) who will inspect and monitor schools under gram panchayats.

First Published: Mar 31, 2017 19:59 IST