CBSE directs schools to sing National Anthem with decorum

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On November 10, the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) issued a circular to all the 16,000 schools affiliated to it, asking them to sing the national anthem as per the constitution of India. As per newspaper reports, the schools have been asked to sing the anthem with proper decorum and within the listed timeframe. Links providing the exact wordings of the full version of the anthem and its playing time which is approximately 52 seconds have also been forwarded to the schools.

CBSE: Sing National Anthem with decorum

According to the circular, "In its framework of the values education lists the Article 51(A) of the Indian Constitution- Fundamental Duties that contains 10 principles and the first one is "to abide by the constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the national flag and the national anthem. The board has framed four behavioral descriptors for students for this principle. The second descriptor entails singing of national anthem with decorum."

Board has further defined occasions on which the full versions or the short version will be played. There were questions raised on the correct usage of the word "Sindhu" in the stanza "Panjaba-Sindhu-Gujarata-Maratha". The word has, however, been retained. The full version of the anthem shall be played on the following occasions including "civil and military investitures, national salute, during parades, on arrival of the President at formal state functions, when the national flag is brought on parade, when the regimental colours are presented etc.

The board said the day's work at all schools should begin with the national anthem.\

PTI

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