He addressed the meeting here during the award ceremony for 25 winners of the “Veer Gatha” competition (Super 25).
Veer Gatha, one of the projects launched as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, was organized to inspire children and make them aware of the brave deeds and sacrifices of the armed forces.
In the nationwide competition held between October 21 and November 20, 2021, more than 8.04 lakh students from 4,788 schools were encouraged to share inspiring stories through essays, poems, drawings, and multimedia presentations.
After several evaluation rounds, 25 students were selected and declared “Super 25”.
“Super 25 and Veer Gatha Project have brought out the patriotism of young India and the respect for our heroes in the most creative ways. It is an effort to develop a strong patriotic passion and a sense of gratitude towards our brave hearts said the minister.
“The Ministry of Education will soon develop an institutional mechanism for awarding academic credits for certificates received under this initiative,” he added.
The education minister also suggested that the competition be renamed “Sena Super 25” in honor of the country’s soldiers.
“This time Super 25 was held among 8 lakh students in 5,000 schools and we will work to bring this initiative to all schools in India and to more than 1 crore students in the future,” he said.
Meanwhile, Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that when he went through the Super 25 competition entries, he realized that children from all over the country are “connected to the same thread of patriotism”.
“When I come among children, I experience and live ‘present’ and ‘future’ at the same time. Whatever you have written about our brave soldiers, I have tried to know and understand it. I am sure whoever sees your entries, be pleasantly surprised that our children are so creative,” he said.
“As I went through the submissions, I realized that whether that kid is from North India, South India, East India or West India, everyone is connected by the same thread of patriotism,” he added.