Schools should teach Bhagavad Gita: Minister
Hyderabad, Dec 19 (INN): Telangana Education Minister G Jagadish Reddy on Friday advocated the participation of all schools in the State in 'Value Empowerment Program', which is based on religious scripture Bhagavad Gita.
The minister launched the 'Value Empowerment Programme' designed by VOICE (Vedic Oasis for Inspiration, culture and Education), the educational wing of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) at his office in the State Secretariat on Friday.
'All schools should actively participate in this programme and contribute towards meaningful, value based education in schools that will enable your children to live a principle centered life of honesty, compassion and responsibility,' said the minister, according to a press release issued by ISKCON.
It may be mentioned that Bharatiya Janata Party has been demanding that Bhagavad Gita be declared as the national book.
The 'Value Empowerment Programme,' launched by the minister on Friday, consists of two components. The first component is Bhagavad Gita contest (BGC), which is a written exam that will be administered to students of Class V through XII in their respective schools.
The second component is Bhagavad Gita Premier League (GPL), an online test on www.gitapl.com that may be taken by anyone. ISKCON has claimed that it has successfully conducted BGC exams in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar, Nanded and Jalgaon with over 100,000 students participating. About two lakh individuals participated in GPL over the last three years, it said.
News Posted: 19 December, 2014
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