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PMC to hold online programmes on Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary on Sunday

All school managements should organise programmes with the participation of students, parents, elected representatives and prominent persons from various fields

Written by Ajay Jadhav | Pune |
Updated: January 29, 2022 8:07:14 am
Students in classes 6 to 8 should be encouraged to do work that benefits others, like those involving cleanliness, speaking the truth, helping parents, neighbours or relatives. (Representational)

In accordance with the state government’s recent initiative to spread 3H (Heart, Hand and Head) values of Mahatma Gandhi, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has asked all schools under its jurisdiction to hold online programmes on the death anniversary of the Father of The Nation on January 30, Sunday.

The PMC has shut all schools for offline teaching till February 15 due to Covid-19 surge in the city. “We are holding various functions to spread the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi in civic-run schools. However, the schools are closed for offline teaching so the functions will be through online medium,” said Minakshi Raut, Primary Education Officer, PMC.

She said all schools have been communicated with on implementation of the recent government resolution (GR) in the state. As per the GR, Mahatma Gandhi had urged for educating the public in new ways, adding it is necessary to take the 3H values of Mahatma Gandhi and impart them to students. Thus, various educational programmes should be organised in schools on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, it added.

According to the GR, management of schools of all language mediums should organise programmes with the participation of students, parents, elected representatives and prominent persons of various fields. “All schools should worship the statue or photo of Mahatma Gandhi on the day along with reciting a prayer. Encourage participants to keep their house and adjoining place clean,” the order said. “For Class 1 to 5, there should be reciting of a favorite song or bhajan of Mahatma Gandhi and one act played by students dressed in attire of Mahatma Gandhi. The students should be urged to carry out their work on their own to encourage them to be self-reliant,” the GR added.

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“For Class 6 to 8, they should be encouraged to do good work that benefits others. It can be cleanliness, self-reliance, sincerity, speaking truth, neatness and tidiness, helping parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, neighbours or relatives. The students of Class 9 to 12 should be asked to gather knowledge of at least one handicraft,” the order said. “Also, there should be discussion on education in mother tongue and elocution competition on ‘non-violence is the need of the day’ and Quit India Movement,” it added. The State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) has also been asked to hold live speeches of prominent persons on `Life and Values of Mahatma Gandhi’.

The GR dated January 24 said that Mahatma Gandhi was a great leader who influenced the world in the 21st century. “He had adopted the path of Truth, Non-violence, Love, Cleanliness, Self-reliance, Swadeshi and Humanity,” it said. “Mahatma Gandhi dedicated his entire life for the entire mankind with Humanity and Non-violence as its central point. He was born as a simple person but became world famous,” the GR said, adding his values and teachings through his actions are still relevant in the 21st century.

“It is necessary to take the values and principles of Mahatma Gandhi to students and future generations as he has made a major contribution in creating a free nation. Thus, the state government has been thinking of organising various functions for students and teachers,” it said.

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