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Teachers’ Day will be Modi Live in schools across country

Top sources said the PMO has informally directed that it would like to have data on the programme’s viewership.

Written by Shyamlal Yadav | New York | Published: August 30, 2014 3:21 am
Modi with schoolchildren at Red Fort on August 15. ( Source: PTI ) Modi with schoolchildren at Red Fort on August 15. ( Source: PTI )

On September 5, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi spends an hour and 45 minutes with nearly 1,000 schoolchildren in Delhi, virtually every government and private school and adult education centre in the country will watch and listen to him live on TV, radio and the Internet.

The Human Resource Development Ministry has begun an unprecedented exercise to ensure that students are able to see and hear the PM’s Teachers’ Day engagement. The Secretary, Secondary Education, in the Ministry, Rajarshi Bhattacharya, has asked every officer of the rank of Joint Secretary and Director to liaise with officials of 2-3 states each.

Sources in the ministry said around 14.5 lakh government schools and 4 lakh private schools; every Jan Shikshan Sansthan, panchayat ghar, adult and informal education centre, and State Resource Centre; and every other forum where arrangements can be made, would see and hear the PM’s interaction with the schoolchildren.

“Where there are no television sets, we have asked to hire TV sets, and where there is no possibility of electricity, we have asked to arrange generators for that day,” a senior ministry official said.

Modi will meet the students, drawn from all classes from 1 to 12, at the Manekshaw Centre in Delhi Cantonment between 3 pm and 4.45 pm. He will make an opening speech, after which students from five centres, including Dantewada, Tirunelvelli, Bhuj and Silchar, will ask him some questions, officials said.

Sources said 52 news channels, radio and FM channels would broadcast the programme. The EDUSAT system, wherever available, will be utilized. Websites of the HRD Ministry and all state governments’ education departments will stream the programme.

“In fact, every mode of electronic communication is going to be utilised to show the PM’s programme to every school-going child in the country. It will be a test for ICT (Information and Communication Technology) facilities in India,” another senior official said.

Top sources said the PMO has informally directed that it would like to have data on the programme’s viewership.

Secretary Bhattacharya has been having videoconferences almost every day — including more than once on some days — to check on the status of preparations since last week. He has been in touch with the principal secretaries of education departments of states. While states have been asked to make arrangements, there is no provision for funding in any ongoing scheme.

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  1. George Cv
    Aug 31, 2014 at 9:40 am
    What will be the punishment for the children who do not watch ? Will they be sent to stan ?
    1. R
      Rajesh Dadri,
      Sep 2, 2014 at 3:57 am
      Modi ji please shift the time of your speech.. So that every single student can get benefited from it. Because it is almost not possible to shift the school timings for one day. The entire system will be disturbed due to shifting of school time. So it is my humble request to you to shift the time of your speech
      1. G
        Aug 30, 2014 at 10:17 am
        they get a generator and TV for one day, to watch modi, not for any educational reason.badhiya hai!