31 January 2020
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