A file picture of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister NT Rama Rao, Orissa Chief Minister Biju Patnaik and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Deve Gowda at national front meeting in New Delhi. Express photo by Sanjay K Sharma
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School children in Odisha will soon get to know how legendary leader and former chief minister Biju Patnaik had once rescued Prime Minister of Indonesia and his role in the freedom struggle. The state government has decided to include the life story of Biju Patnaik in their text books.
State school and mass education minister Debi Prasad Mishra said the government has planned to include the former chief minister’s biography in the high school syllabus as part of the state’s tribute to the legendary leader on his birth centenary.
Mishra said inspiring incidents from Biju Patnaik’s life will be included in the curriculum from the academic year 2017-18 for students of Class 6 to Class 10.
The chapters would include the leader’s childhood stories, his years of education, struggles of life and political success and failures, he said.
Mishra said Biju Patnaik’s popular stories like his role in India’s freedom struggle, the rescue of Indonesian Prime Minister, his adventures as a pilot, would all be part of the text books.
ahitya Akademi winner and popular children’s writer Das Benhur would pen the stories on Biju Patnaik for the school syllabus.
Apart from Biju Patnaik, the life of other prominent sons of the soil like Veer Surendra Sai and Netaji Subhash Bose would also be included in the syllabus, Mishra said.
Welcoming the state government’s decision of including Biju Patnaik’s life in school books, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Narasingha Mishra said the life and works of eminent leaders like Nabrakrushna Choudhary, Harekrushna Mahtab should also be included in the school curriculum.