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PM Modi urges student to adopt ‘nation first’ approach



Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday appealed to the students’ community to adopt a “nation first” approach to find solution to ongoing problems instead of being a part of the crisis.

Addressing the annual convocation of Visva-Bharati University through video conferencing, the Prime Minister, who is the Chancellor of this central university, said that the new ‘National Education Policy’ is a major step towards Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India).

“Many people who are spreading terror and violence across the world are highly educated and highly skilled. On the other hand, there are people who are risking their lives in hospitals and labs to save people from a pandemic like Covid-19. It is not about ideology but a mindset. What you do depends on whether your mindset is positive or negative. There is scope for both of them. The path is open for both of them. It is in our hands to decide if we want to be a part of the problem or the solution,” said Modi.

The Prime Minister continued, “If we continue to look at our own interest then we will always witness problems, crises, and anger around us. But if you rise above your own interest and adopt a nation-first approach then you will find a solution to every problem and crisis. You will find the urge to find positive force in negativity. You will become a solution to these problems if your intention is pure and dedication is unquestionable.”

Visva-Bharati University situated at Birbhum’s Santiniketan was founded by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in 1921. It is one of the oldest central universities in the country. In May 1951, Visva-Bharati University was declared to be a central university and ‘an Institution of National Importance’ by an Act of Parliament. The PM is the Chancellor of this university.

The convocation started at ‘Amra Kunja’ (the Mango grove) in Santiniketan campus continued for two-and-a-half hours. A limited number of students were present at the programme due to covid 19 restrictions.

“The new ‘National Education Policy’ is a major step towards Atmanirbhar Bharat. It gives strength to research and innovation. It also gives stress to the education of women,” said Modi.

A total of 2,535 students received their degrees in the convocation. West Bengal Governor and Rector of Visva-Bharati, Jagdeep Dhankhar, Union Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and VBU vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty were physically present on this occasion.


Check dates of summer vacation for schools issued by Delhi government



The Delhi government has issued an order to all the schools in the national capital regarding the summer vacations. All the schools in Delhi will be shut down for summer vacations from May 11 to June 30, as per the official order.

Though the schools are set to reopen after June 30, the government order has stated that June 28, 29, and 30 will be working days for teachers. The Autumn Break will be from October 12 to 14, 2021 and the winter vacation will be from January 1 to 15, 2022.

Apart from the announcement of the summer vacations for the academic year 2021-22, government and private schools can observe six holidays, which will include two local and four restricted holidays, the order from Delhi’s Directorate of Education (DoE) said.

The schools in Delhi are currently closed and all the students are attending online classes in view of the sudden surge of Covid-19 cases across the national capital. No dates for the resumption of physical classes have been issued by the government yet.

No physical classes, exams in Delhi

A notification issued by the Directorate of Education in this regard also states, “It is clarified that no student of class 9 to 12 should be physically called to school for exams, practicals or any academic and non-academic activity.”

“During the vacation period, Heads of Schools are hereby authorized to call vacation staff as per requirement for any school-related work (academic, admission, examination, etc.) maintaining COVID Appropriate Behavior (CAB) and following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Competent Authorities from time to time,” the order states.

The government of Delhi commenced the new academic session for all the school students from April 1 and classes are being conducted in online mode for now. The government has further clarified that students of classes 9 to 12 will not be called to schools for classes or exams.

The CBSE board exams 2021 for students of Class 12 have also been postponed due to the rise in Covid-19 cases across the nation, while the exams for Class 10 students stand cancelled. The Delhi government has also asked schools to halt the conduction of practical exams for now.

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