‘Jai Hind, Jai Bharat’: Gujarat government issues diktat for roll call in state schools

Ahmedabad: Students of Gujarat schools will answer roll calls with ‘Jai Hind’ or ‘Jai Bharat’ instead of the current ‘yes sir’ and ‘present sir’ from January 1 in order to foster patriotism, a notification issued on Monday stated.

The notification, issued by the Directorate of Primary Education and Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB), lays down that students of Class 1-12 in government, grant-in-aid and self-financed schools will have to respond to the attendance call with “Jai Hind” or “Jai Bharat,” starting January 1.

it said.

The decision was taken by the state Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama in a review meeting held Monday. He said, “What’s wrong in it? We have decided on it and the order will be implemented from today.”

Copies of the notification were sent to the district education officials with instructions to implement it from January 1.

According to officials, the decision was inspired by Sandeep Joshi, a History teacher at a school in Rajasthan’s Jalore district, who received the Yashwantrao Kelkar youth award, at the ABVP’s national conference, for his work in education, including for getting his students to say “Jai Hind” and “Jai Bharat” during roll call.

(With inputs from agencies)