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Mangaluru: Church-administered schools to teach Indian Constitution


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Jul 12: Henceforth, 'Indian Constitution' would be taught as a mandatory subject and part of the curriculum in all the schools in the country being run by Catholic churches, from standards 1 to 10.

This decision has been taken by the education and culture department of Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI). To enable the schools to teach the contents mentioned in the preamble of the constitution, a nine-page handbook was released on Wednesday July 11.

Catholic churches have been running over 75,000 educational institutions in the country with combined student strength of six to seven crore. CBCI has expressed the opinion that if they are taught about the introduction, values, and principles of the constitution, a sense of genuine patriotism, national integration and love for their country can be inculcated among the students.


Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza

Expressing happiness at this development, Mangaluru diocese bishop, Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza, said that this is a right step. He said that arrangements would be made to teach about Indian Constitution in all the educational institutions falling under his diocese. Currently, in addition to the subjects listed by the government, moral education is being imparted. Indian Constitution would be taught along with moral education, it is gathered.

The said decision was one of the several decisions taken at the 33rd conference of CBCI held during February this year at Bengaluru, in which 176 bishops had taken part. This has already been implemented in Kerala.

Education about Indian constitution would be provided through four tools. In the first one, 85 words in the preamble of the constitution would have to be learnt by the students by heart. Extempore contests would be held and marks would be awarded.

In the second phase, importance of the preamble would be explained, and group discussions, quizzes, essay competitions, poster competitions etc would be held.

In the third phase, skit on the subject, 'We the citizens of India', would be staged.

Helping the students to properly assimilate the meanings of words like sovereign, socialistic, democracy, secular, republic etc would be undertaken in the fourth phase.

 


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  • basavanna, belman

    Fri, Jul 13 2018

    At last the catholic bishops came to know the importance of indian constitution. Schools used to teach abut indian constitution although it was not a separate subject decades back and i dont think the students doesnot know about the indian constitution.

    Instead of teaching it a separate subject i want the bishops to join politics. If yogi adithyanath can join and become the chief minister why cant our bishops.

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  • Dr Mohan Prabhu, LL.D, QC, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Good initiative, but who will teach the Constitution to teachers who have no idea of what Law is. As one commentator said, the Ten Commandments contain all that is morally correct and should be taught, not just in Catechism. As well, there should be some reference to offences in the Penal Code in any instruction... how individuals can assert their constitutional rights and obligations.

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  • kiran, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Good move.
    Better to include detailed history which is older than 400 years ( where its mainly about only how we were conquered etc)
    Pre-500 years history will instill pride about the nation as well.

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  • Prescilla fernandes, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Very good initiative. Most of us are ignorant about our constitution . Next generation will be benefitted by this step. Could have started very long ago alongwith other subjects. Better late than never!!!!!!.

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  • Gladwin dsilva, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Very good initiative by the CBCI. This is the best way to make all the children think alike irrespective of religion, caste creed to promote secularism.
    Thanks to Bishop Paul Dsouza.

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India.

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Learning Constitution is the right and duty of every citizen of this Country. Well done .

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  • The Alpha, Bangalore

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Why not an exam on constitution for all the political leaders before they contest an election?

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    politicians will get answer papers b4 hand b4 exam.

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  • JACINTHA, MANGALORE

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    A VERY GOOD IDEA.....

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    bishop-ne bhaktoum ka bolti bandh kar dhi.

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  • Gangaram, Moodbidri

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Great Noble thought !!!

    Let all govt schools also make compulsory to teach this subject........


    Anamika, Mangalore

    Don't mix religion in to constitution.... let people live in harmony and peace of mind......

    If our politicians keep religion out of politics there will be no problem in India......

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  • Indian, Kudla

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Was it not taught in these schools before.... when we studies we had constitution chapters in the books.... is this something new?

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    MIND BLOWING THOUGHT...….MUCH NEEDED...
    IF THIS WAS INTRODUCED BY BJP, THEN BHAKTHS WOULD HAVE CELEBRATED.....
    THIS SHOULD BE A NATION WIDE MANDATE....

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  • Eva, Kirem

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    What a good move! We all should know all do's and don'ts, Law of land etc. How I wish in schools it is mandatory to teach moral science with examples, knowledge in electrical and plumbing minor faults to repair and farming. From 2010 onward i noticed year after year people started to leave their paddy fields barren. Then came a highly qualified young man, started farming in a particular area and now in that area no barren lands.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    I think this is unnecessary..

    When constitution becomes absolute change is definitely needed... So that is not permanent!

    I was reading Egyptian history, for every 500 years there was new dynasty.. That means what? Old dynasty becomes week and new becomes necessity...

    And moreover people living today are not permanent... After two hundred years new set of people comes and orders will be different... Please mark my words!

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    If change becomes reality then let's teach new one.
    Govts, courts citizens and all Indian entities have to abide under the tenets of present constitution.
    Like wise there can't be two Govts at one time. Till new Govt take form, present rules.

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  • gm, mlur

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Hil gayi kya? When it is changing they will also teach the amended one. Everyone should know about the constitution in detail so the future generation select their leaders properly. Every school should teach this.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    A ridiculous argument here: if something becomes obsolete in 200 years, it is not worth learning!

    Most of IT technology becomes obsolete every five years. Does it mean learn no IT?

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  • Billu, Mlore

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Some right wing supporters are day dreaming that ; there would be a new constitution after 2019 elections.

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    What you mean Right wing?
    They are always on wrong negative path and you are calling them Right wing no proper basic foundation.

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  • Anil, Mp

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    @ Sri Elder....
    For example....
    Let's assume that somebody is suffering from deadly disease in your family, & at present there is no medicines which may cure that disease completely... Bit after 10 or 20 years medical technology may be advanced and if medical experts develop medicines which will cute it means... Will you wait for 10 to 15 years for that????
    Will you start medication after 10 or 15 years???

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  • JNB, Mangalore-Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    * It tells your intelligence and history (knowledge) as well.
    When people are ready to learn and improve time to time what is your issue?

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  • C.G.Sequeira, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Thanks to CBCI for taking a good decision to teach Indian Constitution in Schools run by Catholic churches across the country. All the best.

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  • roy pinto, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    very good move . all school in Karnataka should apply this in immediately effect to teach Indian Constitution........
    our children should know whats right and what are wrong and have to respect each religion and people .so that our feature children can live in peace and harmony i society........

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Nobel thought.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Ten Commandments have Highest in Morals.

    And the Ten Commandments should be taught to the entire humanity excluding cows and animals.

    Ten commandments are absolute and should be taught in all the schools and collages without failures along with the constitution.

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  • Indian, Bangalore

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Vivekananda said: Constitution is the Dharm Granth of India. It should be taught in all schools.

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  • Valerian D'Souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Very sensible decision to teach about Indian Constitution, specially because most of the citizens, even among educated are not aware what is written in the constitution. Extremely sad affair!
    Therefore law breakers and vested interest are taking undue advantage of peoples ignorance and misleading them.
    Law administrators should be happy about this decision because their role played by them will be known to the society at large.
    Media also should be happy because they are likely to get more public support for exposing law breakers.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    They are planning to change the Constitution ...

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Very Good initiative taken by the Church Administration
    Indian Constitution should be respected by all Indian Citizens.
    Bolo Bharat Mata ki Jai

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  • Anamika, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Let us include Bhagavadgita too in syllabus so that no one else claim the credits.

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  • Reshmi Salian, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    You can start your school and you can start to teach whatever you want.

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  • Joy, Belthangady

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Yeah why not all holy sacred scriptures ... Equality ...

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  • gm, mlur

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Again religion in politics?

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  • Deva, Pilar

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Dear may be you are not aware, India have only & only one Constitution.

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  • Deepak, mangaluru

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    anamika......
    please let us know whether you are fully aware of our constitution ?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    I feel sorry for Anamika who almost got ...

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  • Chandu, Karkala

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    @ Anamika, Why only Bhagvadgita, include also Torah, Bible, Quran, Guru Granth, Buddhist , Jainism holy scriptures, Avesta so that children will have complete knowledge of all religions of the planet.

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  • Eva, Kirem

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    What is wrong in learning baghvatgita. While Christians learn Bible in Catholic institutes let Hindu schools teach baghvatgita

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  • Dr Mohan Prabhu, LL.D, QC, m

    Thu, Jul 12 2018

    Eva,
    Good idea. But who will initiate as there is no single unified body that runs schools and colleges as the Christians do? Perhaps the Government of each State should do this, and compete with the Christian-run schools. Teachers in government-run schools do a lousy job in regular subject areas, but they can call in scholars of Bhagvad Gita to conduct classes in that area.

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