Singing National Anthem will be mandatory in schools, colleges: Maharashtra Minister Uday Samant

While addressing the gathering at an event in Pune, the minister in Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government announced that they have decided that the National Anthem should be sung before the college starts.

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Maharashtra Higher Education Minister Uday Samant on Wednesday announced the decision of state government to make the singing of the National Anthem will be made mandatory in all schools and colleges from February 19. 

This is, perhaps, being done to encourage the patriotic sentiments among the students, teachers and working staff employed with schools and colleges in Maharashtra. 

While addressing the gathering at an event in Pune, the minister in Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government announced that they have decided that the National Anthem should be sung before the college starts. 

“We are going to initiate this from February 19 on the occasion of Shiv Jayanti. The letter regarding the same will be issued to all the colleges,” said Uday Samant. 

“All agreed to implement this decision,” Samant added. 

The Minister further stated that as this decision will be implemented on February 19, Maharashtra will be the only state in the country to do the same. At least 15 lakh people will sing the National Anthem in a single day, Samant said. 

This decision comes days after Shiv Sena-led MVA government made it compulsory for the school students to read the preamble of the Indian Constitution during morning assemblies. The decision was announced by Congress’ Varsha Gaikwad and was implemented from January 26. 

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Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has made has decided to make Marathi compulsory till Class 10. In a meeting of Business Advisory Committee (BAC) the of Maharashtra legislature, the state government decided to introduce a bill which will make Marathi mandatory in all schools, irrespective of their medium of teaching. 

The Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress government in Maharashtra will also bring a resolution in the legislature to accord the status of classical language to Marathi.

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Currently, the Marathi language is mandatory in CBSE and ICSE run schools till Class 4. However, the Maharashtra government plans to make it compulsory for the later classes too.

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