Students of Rajasthan will get to read about milestones achieved during the regime of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in school textbooks from the next academic session, state Education Minister Vasudev Devnani said. Devnani, under whose aegis the education department had revised the entire syllabus by adding biographies of national heroes in 2015-16, has written to the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education-Ajmer in this regard. He has asked the board to start the process of scrutinizing the contents and highlighting them in school textbooks.
“Major transformation and achievements during the tenure of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be highlighted in school textbooks. I have given the directions to the Board to initiate the process to get the things done,” the Education Minister said. “Students should know about his great and influential leadership during Kargil war, nuclear tests in Pokhran in Jaisalmer and unforgettable contribution to the country through programmes like the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana among others which took the country on the path of development,” Devnani added.
Although it is not clear yet that in which standard the chapter on the former prime minister would be added, a committee of experts has reportedly taken up the task to collect components like childhood, emergency, the nuclear test and others that would become the part of textbooks. It's worth mentioning that few paragraphs on Atal Bihar Vajpayee as a PM has already been added in class IX book. The state government did this in the year 2016-16.
Meanwhile, reports are coming that Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has decided to rename some places and universities after Vajpayee’s name as a mark of tribute. While Naya Raipur will be renamed as Atal Nagar, Bilaspur University will become Atal Bihari Vajpayee University. Similarly, Narrow Gauge Line will now become as Atal Path.