Ahmedabad, Dec 31 (PTI) Students of Gujarat schools will answer roll calls with ‘Jai Hind’ or ‘Jai Bharat’ instead of the current ‘yes sir’ and ‘present sir’ from January 1 in order to foster patriotism, a notification issued Monday stated. Also Read - Night Curfew, Cap on Wedding Guests, Mandatory Test For Travel: How States Are Fighting Fresh COVID Spike

The notification, issued by the Directorate of Primary Education and Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB), lays down that students of Class 1-12 in government, grant-in-aid and self-financed schools will have to respond to the attendance call with “Jai Hind” or “Jai Bharat,” starting January 1. Also Read - Maharashtra Govt Eyes Suspension of Flight, Train Operations From Delhi And Gujarat | Final Decision Within a Week, Says Minister

The objective of the new practice is to “foster patriotism among students right from childhood,” it said. Also Read - 7 of Family Charred to Death After Truck Crashes Against Their Car in Gujarat

As per the notification, the decision was taken by the state Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama in a review meeting held Monday.

Copies of the notification were sent to the district education officials with instructions to implement it from January 1.

Minister Chudasama could not be contacted for comment despite repeated attempts.

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