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HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launches Vidya-Veerta Abhiyan

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

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May 2, 2017

The Minister for Human Resource and Development, Prakash Javadekar has launched Students for soldiers- a nationwide Vidya – Veerta Abhiyan to encourage Universities and educational institutions in the uk to produce portraits of Param Veer Chakra-decorated soldiers.

The portraits of Param Veer Chakra decorated soldiers were handed to the Vice Chancellors of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Jamia Milia Islamia, Jammu and IIT Delhi, a few, to position it within their educational institutions. The “wall of heroes” depicting portraits of brave soldiers who showed exemplary bravery in defending the continent is likely to instil a sense of patriotism and nationalism among students.

Background

This initiative happens to be launched from the wake of the demand expressed by the ex-servicemen that portraits of martyrs and tanks used by wars be showcased from the universities and educational institutions to instil a sense of nationalism and patriotism the students. This, the HRD Ministry had also unveiled Veergatha books at the 21 Param Veer Chakra awardees for educating youngsters with regards to the sacrifices expressed by the Param Veer Chakra awardees.

Param Veer Chakra

The Param Veer Chakra (PVC) is India's highest military decoration awarded to officers or enlisted personnel from all branches of the Indian military for displaying distinguished acts of valour during wartime. It has for the “most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, in the presence of the enemy, whether on land, cruising, or perhaps the air.” The Param Veer Chakra (PVC) is the same as the Medal of Honor in the United States and the Victoria Cross in the United Kingdom.

The award was established on 26 January 1950 and subsequently happens to be awarded 21 times, which 14 were posthumous awards and 16 happens to be awarded for acts of bravery committed within the Indo-Pakistani conflicts. With the 21 awardees, 20 have been completely out of your Indian Army, and 1 happens to be from the Indian Air Force. The plan of the medal 's primary by Savitri Khanolkar, the wife of an Indian Army officer, Vikram Khanolkar of the Sikh Regiment.

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