January 1, 2019
Students of Gujarat schools will answer roll calls with ‘Jai Bharat’ or ‘Jai Hind’ instead of the current ‘Yes Sir/Ma’am’ and ‘Present Sir/Ma’am’ from 1st January in order to foster patriotism, a notification issued Monday stated.
The notification, issued by the Directorate of Primary Education & Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB), lays down that students of Class 1-12 in government, grant-in-aid & self-financed schools will have to respond to the attendance call with “Jai Hind” or “Jai Bharat,” starting 1st January .
The objective of this new practice is to “foster patriotism among students right from childhood,” it said.
According the notification, the decision was taken by the state Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama in a review meeting held on Monday.
Copies of the notification were sent to the district education officials with instructions to implement it from 1st January.