*Delhi Government’s Deshbhakti curriculum completes one year; CM Arvind Kejriwal says, "inculcating the India First mindset in students the primary objective of curriculum"
*Celebrations galore as Deshbhakti curriculum turns one; Delhi Government's gala at Thyagraj Stadium sees students and teachers share their learnings
*Deshbhakti Curriculum’s three main objectives: India First, recognising the sacrifice of freedom fighters and understanding responsibilities of a good citizen: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*This is also the time for evaluation of the Deshbhakti Curriculum for further enhancement and implementation: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*We have started three groundbreaking curriculums in Delhi Government Schools in the past few years: Happiness curriculum, Entrepreneurship curriculum and Deshbhakti curriculum have been widely loved by children: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Happiness classes teach how to become good individuals; Deshbhakti classes teach how to become responsible citizens; Entrepreneurship classes enable students to stand on their own feet after passing out from school: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*These curriculum are a first of their kind experiment that the world is witnessing in Delhi; very soon, entire world with adopt them in their schools: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Teachers should inculcate the thought of making India No 1 in every student so that every child passing out from school always carries the spirit in their mind: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*If 130 crore Indians start working with the spirit of making India No 1 then no force can stop India from becoming a superpower: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Deshbhakti curriculum not only transformed the students but teachers as well; earlier they used to see them as students, now they see a deshbhakt in them: Dy CM Manish Sisodia
*Impact of Deshbhakti curriculum is that they are not only clearing the physical garbage around them but they are also wiping out rotten notions out of their minds: Manish Sisodia
NEW DELHI:28.09.22-
Delhi Government’s Deshbhakti Curriculum completed one year today. The curriculum was launched last year on the birth anniversary of Amar Shaheed Bhagat Singh by CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal. Talking about the curriculum today, the CM said, "Inculcating the India First mindset in students is the primary objective of the Deshbhakti Curriculum." The world witnessed celebrations galore all across Delhi as the Deshbhakti curriculum turned one. The Delhi Government in specific held a special gala at the Thyagraj Stadium to mark the occasion. The full-house event was attended by students and teachers of Delhi Government Schools besides dignitaries and the team behind the curriculum. A special interactive session was held as part of the event where students and teachers shared their learnings with Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Shri Manish Sisodia.
On the occasion, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "Deshbhakti Curriculum’s three main objectives: India First, recognising the sacrifice of freedom fighters and understanding responsibilities of a good citizen. This is also the time for evaluation of the Deshbhakti Curriculum for further enhancement and implementation. We have started three groundbreaking curriculums in Delhi Government Schools in the past few years: Happiness curriculum, Entrepreneurship curriculum and Deshbhakti curriculum have been widely loved by children. Happiness classes teach how to become good individuals; Deshbhakti classes teach how to become responsible citizens; Entrepreneurship classes enable students to stand on their own feet after passing out from school. These curriculum are a first of their kind experiment that the world is witnessing in Delhi; very soon, entire world with adopt them in their schools. Teachers should inculcate the thought of making India No 1 in every student so that every child passing out from school always carries the spirit in their mind. If 130 crore Indians start working with the spirit of making India No 1 then no force can stop India from becoming a superpower."
At the same time, Deputy CM Shri Manish Sisodia said, "Deshbhakti curriculum not only transformed the students but teachers as well; earlier they used to see them as students, now they see a deshbhakt in them. The impact of the Deshbhakti curriculum is that students are not only clearing the physical garbage around them but they are also wiping out rotten notions out of their minds."
*Taught the world that Deshbhakti can be taught to every citizen: CM Arvind Kejriwal*
Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “We started ‘deshbhakti curriculum’ exactly one year ago today. We have been brainstorming this idea in our minds for many years. There was a strong feeling that our students are being taught physics, chemistry and biology. But when it comes to the country, though they are being taught geography, we could not spark the spirit of patriotism in them. After so many years, I can barely recall the concept or theorem of Biology, physics or chemistry. I do not remember trigonometry either but what all is being taught to the students in deshbhakti classes, that spirit, that spark will always remain ignited in them.”
He continued, “Then another thought came to our minds: if deshbhakti can be taught? Consider an illiterate person who has never been to school, even they are deshbhakts. Nobody taught this to them but they also love the motherland. Is there a need to teach deshbhakti? All we need is to strengthen the spirit of deshbhakti and help every student in channelising it into the right direction. We have three objectives with this curriculum. Firstly, the students should have the feeling of ‘India first’ at all points of time. There are several instances where our self-interest is in conflict with the nation’s interest. If we act in self-interest, we will cause a loss to the country. We should work for the nation selflessly. There can also be moments of my family’s interest, be it my parents or children, conflicting with the nation's interest and we have to keep the nation's interest above it by completely sidelining it. Other interests should be secondary in front of national interest.”
Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “Secondly, we realised that we are forgetting our freedom fighters and our freedom struggle. A short while ago, a girl took names of 100 freedom fighters one after the other and that is our goal. We have forgotten how we got independence. We forgot the sacrifices of so many peoples and the atrocities they suffered. So many fighters were sent to Kalapaani, they were lashed and many were hanged. They devoted their entire lives for our independence. Through this curriculum, we teach them about their lives and ensure that they remember them forever. It should remain in their conscience and they could have living experience of the same. This should stop them from indulging in any work deed.”
“Thirdly, we ensure that students understand their civic responsibilities. They should be conscious that they are not littering garbage or breaking traffic rules or any other law. Deshbhakti has many facets. Students told me that earlier they used to think that those who fight at the border are deshbhakts but after this curriculum, they got to know that cleanliness is also a form of deshbhakti. Saving lives is also deshbhakti, if a doctor treats 10 poor patients for free, then it is also deshbhakti. Living life the right way, having a positive attitude towards people, doing the right honestly is deshbhakti in the truest sense in today’s time,” he continued.
He added, “Deshbhakti curriculum is not a course of rott learning where the students have to mug up a textbook, they will have to appear in an exam and they will be given marks. Nothing of that sort. I am happy that we have converted deshbhakti classes into a living experience. Only one year has passed since we brought this experience and I was happy to see the enthusiasm with which the students and teachers shared their experience. A student told that earlier his mother stopped him from talking to children belonging to other castes. Now, the student, his mother and their environment have changed at once with these classes. It was such a powerful message and I believe that if we could run deshbhakti classes across the country, we might put an end to casteism in the country.”
The Delhi CM said, “And it is not the case that this lesson was taught with brute force or violence. The experience emerged from the intellect and it is highly sustainable & perennial. They will always remember that casteism is wrong and all humans are equal. Another student said that all the professions are noble, be it a cleaner, doctor or engineer. I completely agree and we should respect all professions equally. Poor people should also be seen from the lens of equality and dignity. Students are already feeling proud about the fact that they are also deshbhakts and this thought did not come across our minds a year ago or if there is a need to be a deshbhakt. A teacher told that his students said that his Tiranga will feel sad if he does anything wrong.”
He continued, “This is also a time of introspection. I believe that for the first time, such types of classes are being held anywhere in the country. We will also evaluate how we can improve the curriculum further by inculcating more aspects and modifying the existing ones. We started three courses in the past few years in Delhi Government schools: Happiness classes, entrepreneurship classes and deshbhakti classes. Happiness classes help students in becoming good and calm individuals. Deshbhakti classes help them in becoming good and responsible citizens. Entrepreneurship classes help them in ensuring that they can stand on their own feet. These courses were run on an experimental basis for the first time in the country.”
Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal concluded, “I am certain that their success will spread across the globe. We have already kickstarted the process and they will keep on emerging in newer forms. It is because the intentions behind running these curricula are very pure and their development has seen a steady growth. Teachers present here who are nodal teachers of deshbhakti classes are requested to inculcate the thought of making India no. 1 in every student. India can become no 1. Neither politicians nor parties can make India no. 1, 130 crore Indians can. We have to prepare people to stand together for the country. The day they start doing their work with this feeling, nothing can stop India from becoming no. 1. Every child passing out from schools of Delhi Government should have the spirit of making India no. 1. We are proud of the efforts of our teachers. There cannot be a better gift to Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh that we are having a discussion on the deshbhakti curriculum on his birth anniversary.”
Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia said, “Today we are celebrating the 115th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. People across the nation are celebrating the anniversary of this great revolutionary by paying tributes to him in their own ways. We are doing that by celebrating the one year anniversary of our “Deshbhakti Curriculum”. Last year, on the same day we launched the “Deshbhakti Curriculum” in our Delhi government schools to instil the spirit of patriotism and nationhood among every child.”
He added that, two years ago, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that now that the buildings of our schools are good, we are able to provide the world-class educational facilities to all the children in Delhi government schools, teachers are being trained at national and international level for their professional enrichment, the academic results have improved from 80% pass percentage to 99%, we have introduced the curriculums like Happiness and Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum, and the students are cracking NEET/JEE with good ranks, it is time for us to ensure that every child coming out the Delhi Government schools should become a staunch patriot.
“Following CM’s directions, the teams were formed by the Directorate of Education and SCERT Delhi. Teachers, principals and curriculum experts did their research and soon the Deshbhakti Curriculum was launched on September 28, 2021. When CM had first announced the Deshbhakti Curriculum for Delhi government schools in 2019, we had faced much criticism. People said that schools are for teaching science, maths, grammar, and patriotism can be taught by society. Whenever someone opposes and says that “the particular work is not possible” to CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal, he comes back and says that “everything is possible” and today we have proved that,” said Shri Manish Sisodia.
Shri Manish Sisodia added that the curriculum was prepared by the teachers and experts soon after the announcement, implemented in schools and today it has been completed a year too. He said, “The experiences of the curriculum shared by the students and teachers here today prove that CM’s vision has turned into reality. Teachers and principals have proved that if schools take the responsibility of instilling the spirit of patriotism in students, no one can stop any child from being a staunch patriot.”
The Deputy Chief Minister said that our children remember the freedom fighters with the utmost respect and keep them close to their hearts. "So, they are true patriots. If a sanitation worker does his duty with dedication, he/she is a true patriot. If a security guard is taking care of the school with dedication, then he is a true patriot. Everyone in the country who does his/her duties with dedication and hardwork is a true patriot and students must learn various aspects of patriotism from everyone in their surroundings."
Shri Manish Sisodia said, “Deshbhakti Curriculum is bringing very positive changes in the mindset of students as well as teachers. During my visit to schools, teachers told me that earlier they used to treat children at schools as students only, as a child of other parents, but now this has changed and they are seeing a staunch patriot in each one of them”.
He added that a few days ago he visited a school in Palam constituency and interacted with students to know their experiences of Deshbhakti Curriculum. "A student from class 7 said that “Deshbhakti Dhyan” has not only helped inculcate the spirit of patriotism in them but has also cleared all the negative thoughts from their mind. The Deshbhakti Curriculum has this power that it can wipe away all the negative thoughts from the mind which are being imposed by society. Delhi government’s Deshbhakti curriculum will take this responsibility of clearing the negative and destructive thoughts from the minds of children.”
The Deputy Chief Minister concluded that during his visit to schools, he had asked the students of classes 11 and 12 whether the government should stop or continue with the Deshbhakti Classes for them, as it is a crucial time for them to prepare for exams and competitions. But it is a matter of great pride that students said “no”. They said that they want to continue with the Deshbhakti curriculum classes as it is helping them understand their country better and making them more focused on their goals. They are able to understand how their goals or careers will impact the country in the future. They want to continue with the Deshbhakti classes so that they can analyse how their career can be used for nation-building.
*Experience shared by students and teachers*
1. Vanshika, a student of class 10, said that I had a friend who belonged to a different caste. My parents did not allow me to talk to her and I thought that they were right. I stopped talking to him for a while. But when my teacher explained that casteism is a bad practice, I thought how can I be a patriot if I also follow this I shouldn't do that. When I talked to my mother again, she did not listen initially. Then I told her why we believe in casteism when God made us alike. We should live in harmony with each other and treat them equally.
2. Student Tanisha Sharma said that we used to hear about the word deshbhakti but we never understood what it meant. But now we have come to know the true meaning of deshbhakti. We used to think that deshbhakti means holding a protest in college but now we have come to know that we can be a deshbhakt only by working for the betterment of society. If we keep our house and country clean and not litter garbage, we are deshbhakts already.
3. Student Shivani said that when the deshbhakti curriculum started, I did not know at all what deshbhakti was. When our teacher told us what deshbhakti is, then I got to know that I too am a deshbhakt, because I too have all those qualities which are in a deshbhakt. I keep the area around me clean and respect my elders. We have written names of 100 freedom fighters in my deshbhakti diary and I remember all those 100 names.
4. Student Vishal says that deshbhakti means to sacrifice and surrender yourself for the country. He explained the meaning of deshbhakti by reciting a poem by Shaheed Bhagat Singh that "Seene me jo jakhm diya hai, woh sab Phool ke guchche hai, Hume Pagal hi rehne do, hum Pagal hi achche hai."
5. Neetu Gulati, the nodal in-charge of SKV Shankar Nagar class 9th to 12th, said that this curriculum has quite a very positive impact. We have developed a sense of respect in our students. They have become very responsible. A lot has changed even in young children. A girl had made Tiranga. When I asked her if I could see, the girl asked me to hold the Tiranga carefully, it should not fall. It is the pride of our country.
*First Anniversary Of Deshbhakti Curriculum In Delhi Govt Schools*
Deshbhakti curriculum was launched by Chief Minister of Delhi Shri Arvind Kejriwal on 28th September 2021- marking the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh
Deshbhakti Curriculum was developed by SCERT Delhi. It is being implemented in all schools of Delhi Government and some private schools from classes Nursery to 12.
Through this curriculum, our students get an opportunity to reflect upon their thoughts and behaviour and what would make them a responsible citizen committed to nation building.
To celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of Deshbhakti curriculum and consolidate the learnings of the last one year, a series of activities were conducted in schools over the last fortnight.
The final event was organised at Thyagraj Stadium.
*About the curriculum*
It is divided into 4 cohorts – KG-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12
Implemented in all 1047 Delhi Government schools, impacts 18 Lakh students
Nearly 36,000 teachers take Deshbhakti classes
It runs daily in Grades KG-8 and twice a week in Grades 9-12.
All schools have assigned Nodal teachers (coordinators) per cohort KG-5, 6-8 and 9- 12.
Nodal Teachers have received a cumulative of 65 hours of training by SCERT from launch until now.
Curriculum is facilitator driven, for which Teacher Manuals are provided for each cohort.
There are no student textbooks. Only a collection of 100 stories of freedom fighters.
It is activity and discussion-based where at the end of each lesson students reflect and introspect on their learning.
Students of Grades 6-12 maintain a Deshbhakti Diary where they note their reflections.
Each class begins with a Deshbhakti Dhyaan where mindfulness targeted towards remembering any 5 deshbhakts and expressing gratitude towards them for their service happens.
Content includes themes around exploring love and respect for the country, understanding patriotism, identifying strengths and challenges of India.
As a mindset curriculum - focus is on self-reflection and generating awareness to one’s own behaviour. This differs from traditional social-sciences which focuses on knowledge giving or moral sciences classes that preach values.
*TIMELINE*
• 15th Aug 2019: Vision announced by CM
• 12th Oct 2019: Committee Constituted by SCERT
• 9th Mar 2021: Dy CM announced introduction during Delhi “Deshbhakti” Budget
• 6th Aug 2021: Governing Council of SCERT Delhi adopted Deshbhakti Curriculum Framework
• 14th Aug 2021: Curriculum Framework approved by CM
• 28th Sep 2021: Curriculum Launched at Chattrasal Stadium including Teacher Manuals of Grades 6-8 and 9-12 and “Humare Deshbhakti Krantikari” A storybook of 100 freedom fighters
• 17th Aug 2022: Teacher Manuals of Grades KG-2, 3-5 launched
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*Delhi Government recommends Centre to improve retail trade sector by simplifying registration laws and introducing innovative trade practices

*Delhi Government bats for smooth and hassle-free business closure process for retail traders in India

*Delhi Government has sent five-point recommendations to the central government’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) on National Retail Trade Policy

*Currently, retailers in India are battling for a national policy that can help them with a framework for conducting their businesses in an organized manner and mobilizing the sector- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*Post-pandemic era has seen a dramatic shift in consumer behaviour which has led to many strategic changes in the retail industry; government should think strategically to streamline the industry through National Retail Trade Policy- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*National Retail Trade Policy has a great potential to streamline the retail trade industry and can be an accelerator for the socio-economic development of the country- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*Single ID system should be introduced by the central government for retail traders, to simplify the licenses and registration process all over the country- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*Strict monitoring framework is required in Central Inspection System (CIS) to minimize the duplication in inspections and stress on traders- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*The validity period of business licenses and registrations should be extended to at least five years for ease of the entrepreneurs- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*Integration of National Career Service Portal and Employment exchange portals with Single window System should be encouraged to enhance the access to skill workforce- Dy CM Manish Sisodia


NEW DELHI: 28TH SEPTEMBER 2022-To create a conducive business environment for retail trade in India by simplifying the relevant laws and introducing innovative trade practices, the Delhi Government has sent five-point recommendations to the central government’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) on the National Retail Trade Policy.

These recommendations by the Government of Delhi include the introduction of a Single ID system for simplifying the registration process for businesses, implementation of strict monitoring and evaluation framework in the Central Inspection System (CIS) to minimize the duplication in inspections, increasing the validity of licenses/registrations to 5 years, integration of National Career Service Portal and Employment exchange portals with Single window System to enhance the access to a skilled workforce and introduction of a hassle-free process for closure of businesses.

Speaking about the GoI’s National Retail Trade Policy, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia, who is also the Finance Minister of Delhi, said, “Currently, retailers in India are battling for a national policy that can help them with a framework for conducting their businesses in an organized manner and mobilizing the sector. At the Delhi level, the government under the leadership of CM Arvind Kejriwal has introduced various initiatives for the retail sector to promote ease of doing business and retail trade. Some of these initiatives include a Single Window System for licenses/registrations, extensive skill development programs, increasing access to a skilled workforce, creating more trade avenues through the month-long Delhi Shopping Festival, Dilli Bazaar- an e-commerce platform for businesses of Delhi and many more. But for the overall development of retail trade in India, the central government needs to think strategically about the process involved in conducting retail business in the country.”

Shri Manish Sisodia added that the post-pandemic era has seen a dramatic shift in consumer behaviour which has led to many strategic changes in the retail industry. The National Retail Trade Policy has great potential to streamline this industry if modified according to the present requirements of the industry. This policy can be an accelerator for India's economic growth. Recommendations from the Delhi Government on this policy are focused on the holistic development of the retail trade sector in India. If taken into consideration, this will attract more traders to set up their businesses freely and contribute to the economy of the country. Some of these recommendations have already been a success in Delhi.

It is to be noted that the Delhi Government has taken various steps in the past 7 years to promote retail trade in the national capital. Some of these initiatives include Single Window System for businesses, creating more trade avenues through a month-long Delhi Shopping Festival, Dilli Bazaar- an e-commerce platform for businesses of Delhi to showcase Delhi’s unique markets on a virtual platform and enhance their presence globally, redevelopment of iconic retail markets and Food hubs of Delhi to generate more employment and trade opportunities.

*What is GoI’s National Retail Trade Policy?*

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has proposed to formulate a national retail policy to promote the growth of domestic trade. This policy will streamline the retail trade and promote ease of doing business in the retail trade sector. Its major objective is to identify and address existing infrastructure gaps affecting the retail trade industry along with the promotion of e-commerce all over the country, leveraging retail trade for the socio-economic development of the country and accelerating investment flow to underdeveloped regions across the country.

*Single ID system should be introduced by the central government for retail traders, to simplify the registration process*

The Delhi government has suggested the central government to introduce a Single ID system for the traders to simplify the registration process. This will reduce the load of heavy paperwork on traders required for business registration. Government can also consider existing IDs for businesses such as PAN and GST for registration purposes, the recommendations added. The government has welcomed the move of DPIIT to replace the licenses with a simple registration process under the National Retail Trade Policy.

*Strict monitoring framework is required in Central Inspection System (CIS) to minimize the duplication in inspections and stress on traders*

Responding to the inspection reforms inscribed in National Trade Policy, the Delhi government has suggested the central government to create and adopt a strict monitoring and evaluation framework in the Central Inspection System (CIS). This will help in minimizing the ambiguity and duplication in inspections and business owners will be able to work in a stress-free environment. Currently, due to the existing pressure of repetitive inspections, they are not able to focus on the growth of their businesses.

*Central government should increase the validity of business licenses and registration to atleast five years for ease of the entrepreneurs*

An entrepreneur requires several licenses and registrations to carry out the business such as a trade license, business operation license, verification certificate of weights and measures, and license for drugs among many others. Rationalizing various laws and reducing the compliance burden will facilitate retail businesses and will help the owners to focus on the growth of their companies. Along with this, the Delhi government recommended that, in order to support traders in conducting their business at ease, the central government should also look into increasing the validity of business licenses and registrations to atleast five years.

*To enhance access to the skilled workforce, integration of the National Career Service Portal and Employment exchange portals with a Single window System should be promoted*

Delhi government has suggested to the central government’s DPIIT that National Career Service Portal and Employment Exchange portals should be encouraged to integrate with Single Window System. Convenient access to job seekers' data should be provided to entrepreneurs through this to facilitate seamless screening of skilled workforce.

*Delhi government bats for hassle-free business closure process*

Further to rationalizing the requirement of new licenses/registrations and renewal under various acts, the regulatory process for the closure of a business should also be introduced to enable hassle-free business closure. Currently, business owners are bound to follow a long list of various steps to be followed for closing down a business.
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