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Now, Rajasthan School Students To Attend Sanskar Sabhas On Every Saturday

Education minister Vasudev Devnani has assured that this initiative will help the students.

The government and private schools affiliated to the state education board in Rajasthan will either have a reading on saints and prominent leaders or sermons by spiritual leaders on every Saturday, said a Hindustan Times report.

“All the government and private Rajasthan board schools must follow the new academic calendar. It is mandatory for them to conduct these classes,” a Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education official told NewsCentral 24×7 on conditions of anonymity.

The sessions would be called ‘Bal Sabha’, where children will gather for 30 minutes to discuss ‘inspirational stories’ from the lives of great Indian leaders.

This is a mandatory part of extracurricular activities, according to a new curriculum introduced by Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education.

On first Saturday of each month, students will be imparted knowledge on inspirational instances from the life of a ‘great person’.

The second Saturday has been reserved for storytelling sessions involving “inspirational stories that are educating,” The Indian Express reported. It would be called a ‘Sanskar Sabha’ said an HT report.

The speeches by ‘saints’ will be organised by the schools on the third Saturday of each month. A “review of contemporary news of national importance and speeches by a great personality or local saint,” is also included in the schedule of extra-curricular activity listed for the third Saturday.

In the fourth Saturday, students will be quizzed on epics and similar literature.

In case there is a fifth Saturday in a month, ‘inspirational plays’ will be staged on that day. Students will have to sing patriotic songs, states the calendar.

Nathmal Didel, Director of Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education told The Indian Express, “Members of the Assembly had demanded in the past that there should be such an initiative in schools to inculcate moral values among students and the honourable education minister had given them assurance on this.”

The schools in Rajasthan were ordered to keep copies of Bhagavad Gita at secondary and senior secondary school libraries in 2015. The state education department also ordered a 15-volume collection of writings by BJP ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya to be kept in all public libraries in 2017, a Hindustan Times report said.

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