Army chief for soldiers' deeds in CBSE books

PUBLISH DATE 3rd November 2017

Ministry Approached For Inclusion Of Bravery Tales

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday said the stories of gallantry award-winning soldiers are expected to become a part of Central Board of Secondary Education's (CBSE) syllabus from the next academic year.

Rawat said they had approached the HRD ministry recently with a plea to incorporate acts of valour, bravery and sacrifice of some gallantry award winners in the teaching syllabus for CBSE schools. “Last month, we published a book highligh ting the gallant acts of brave soldiers. We are hopeful that this book will become a part of the CBSE syllabus next year. The ministry has assured us about it,“ he added.

Efforts were to ensure that all universities and colleges in the country establish a special gallery of these brave soldiers. “So far, 200 colleges and universities have established such galleries. The rest will have them in the next two or three years,“ he added.

Rawat was in the city to attend a felicitation programme organised by B N Srivastava Foundation at the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) in Pune. The foundation has been sending special greeting cards and rakhis to soldiers posted in the forward areas in Jammu & Kashmir and the Northeast.

“The foundation has been inspiring school children to make special greetings cards and rakhis which are dispatched to operational areas.There is no better feeling for a soldier to receive a greeting card with affection and a rakhi as they cannot participate in such festivals due to their duty . Such a move is positive and always improves the morale of the troops,“ he added.

The event celebrated the completion of 10 years of the greeting card activity . The event was attended by 1,100 school children, teachers and principals.

During the programme, principals and art teachers from 14 schools and two Art Institutes of Maharashtra were presented with awards for excellence and support to the foundation. A trophy in the memory of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw was also presented to Jayshree Venkatraman, former principal of DAV School, for sending 7,000 greeting cards to the soldiers.

Addressing the school children, Rawat said, “You are the future citizens. Your thoughts have the power to shape the future of the country. As you rise, join any profession, but you must give back to the people of the nation what they deserve.“