Republic Day Celebrations 2024: a whopping 1.37 crore students take part in Project Veer Gatha 3.0 pan India; 100 selected winners to witness the 26th January parade as special guests
By PIB Delhi
The third edition of Project ‘Veer Gatha’, a joint initiative of the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Education as part of Republic Day celebrations, has witnessed an overwhelming pan-India response. Approx. 1.37 crore students from around 2.43 lakh schools participated in the initiative, with 100 winners being selected at the national level. The list of 100 winners – 25 each from Class 3rd to 5th; Class 6th to 8th; Class 9th to 10th & Class 11th to 12th categories – is given below:
Launched on July 13, 2023, Project Veer Gatha 3.0 introduced a range of thought-provoking topics for essay and paragraph writing. Students were given the option to explore themes such as their chosen role model, particularly focusing on Gallantry Award winners. Furthermore, students were encouraged to delve into the life stories of any freedom fighter who inspired them such as Rani Laxmibai. The suggested topics also included the 1857 First War of Independence and the significant role of the Tribal Uprising in the Freedom Struggle. This diverse set of topics not only enriched the content of Veer Gatha 3.0 but also fostered a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural heritage among the participants.
The project’s execution involved schools conducting activities at their level; nationwide interaction programmes by Gallantry awardees in various schools in offline & online modes and the submission of top entries to the MyGov portal. The school-level activities for Veer Gatha 3.0 were concluded on September 30, 2023.
After a series of evaluations at the State and District levels, nearly 3,900 entries were submitted for national-level evaluation. A committee appointed by the Ministry of Education selected the 100 best entries approved by the State Nodal Officers of all States/Union Territories (UT). The felicitation of the winners will be jointly carried out by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Education in New Delhi. Each winner will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 10,000 and get an opportunity to witness the Republic Day Parade 2024 at Kartavya Path as a special guest.
In addition to the students already selected at the national level, eight winners at the State/UT level (two from each category) and four winners at the District level (one from each category) will be selected and felicitated by the State/UT/District authorities.
The Government had launched Project ‘Veer Gatha’ as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ to celebrate the 75th year of Independence. The initiative is aimed at disseminating the details of acts of bravery of the Gallantry awardees and the life stories of these brave hearts among the students so as to raise the spirit of patriotism and instill values of civic consciousness amongst them. Twenty-five winners (Super 25) each were selected in the first two editions, which had witnessed the participation of around eight lakh and 19 lakh students respectively.