As part of a partnership with the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Education will include stories of Indian soldiers’ bravery in school curricula and textbooks, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Friday. He addressed the meeting at an awards ceremony honoring 25 winners of the “Veer Gatha” competition (Super 25). As part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, Veer Gatha was organized to inspire and inform children about the brave deeds and sacrifices of the armed forces.
During his speech, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said there could be no better celebration of Amrit Mahotsav than honoring India’s Veers. He thanked the Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh for launching the Veergatha project. He said it is a key to developing a strong patriotic zeal and a sense of gratitude towards our Bravehearts.
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The nationwide competition was held between October 21 and November 20, 2021. Students were encouraged to share inspiring stories through drawings, essays, poems and multimedia presentations. 25 students were selected and declared “Super 25” after several rounds of evaluation.
Pradhan said that Super 25 and Veergatha Project have brought out the patriotism and respect for our heroes of young India in the most creative ways. He assured that the Ministry of Education will soon develop an institutional mechanism for awarding academic credits for certificates obtained under this initiative.
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He further said that in order to strengthen the sense of “responsibility to the nation” from an early age, the Ministry of Education in consultation with the Ministry of Defense will also work to strengthen the courage of our soldiers and the Indian Veergatha over the past 75 years. to include in the school curriculum and our textbooks. He also suggested that this match be renamed to Sena Super 25 in honor of our soldiers.
Pradhan informed that this time Super 25 was held among 8 lakh students in 5,000 schools and that they will work to take this initiative to all schools in India and to more than 1 crore students in the future.
While reviewing the entries for the Super 25 competition, Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh found that children from different parts of the country are “tied by the same thread of patriotism”.
“When I come between children, I experience and live ‘present’ and ‘future’ at the same time. Whatever you have written about our brave soldiers, I have tried to know and understand it. I’m sure whoever sees your entries will be delighted that our kids are so creative,” he said. “As I went through the submissions, I realized that whether that kid is from North India, South India, East India or West India, everyone is connected by the same thread of patriotism,” he added.
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