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Odisha Schools To Celebrate Constitution Day, Citizens' Duties


31 January 2020

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha School Education Programme Authority (OSEPA) has issued a calendar of activities to be conducted at school level for celebration of Constitution Day and Citizens' Duties and subsequent activities of School & Mass Education Department.

OSEPA's State Project Director Bhupendra S Poonia, in a letter issued on January 27, 2020, has instructed all DEOs, DPCs to send details about the month wise activities conducted, number of schools and students participated in each activity and the best photographs and videos.

All the details should be sent to the State Project Director, in a format prescribed earlier, soon after completion of the activity for onward transmission to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the letter read.

School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Das today said, "Along with vocalizing on the fundamental rights empowered by the Indian Constitution if we also emphasize on our duties than definitely our State and country will move forward."

Das asserted that there is no need for a special class on Constitution as it is already embedded in the subjects taught in schools. The students should be educated not only about the rights bestowed by the Constitution but also about their duties.

Constitution Day, also known as "Samvidhan Divas", is celebrated every year on November 26 to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India and to honour and pay tribute to the invaluable contribution of Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar and other founding fathers of the Constitution.

A nationwide campaign had been organized last year from November 26 to April 14 marking 70 years of the Constitution of India and culminating on the birth anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, celebrated as Samrasta Diwas.

The campaign aimed towards dissemination and awareness generation of Citizen’s Fundamental Duties, which are provided under the Constitution of India. The fundamental duties as specified under Article 51A of the Constitution are provided below

A-51 A. Fundamental duties: it shall be the duty of every citizen of India

  1. to abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem;
  2. to cherish and follow the noble ideas which inspired our national struggle for freedom;
  3.  to uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India;
  4. to defend the country and render national service when called upon to do so;
  5. to promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India transcending religious
  6. to value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture;
  7. to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife, and to have compassion for living creatures;
  8. to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform;
  9. to safeguard public property and to abjure violence;
  10. to strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity so that the nation constantly rises to higher levels of endeavour and achievement.
  11. who is a parent or guardian to provide opportunities for education to his child or, as the case may be, ward between the age of six and fourteen years

Samir Ranjan Das, S&ME Minister, Odisha