Sunday, December 03, 2006

‘Jaddu ki jhappi’ to be part of school syllabus

New Delhi: The jaddu ki jhappi made famous by Sanjay ‘Munnabhai’ Dutt in the movie Munnabhai MBBS will soon be part of Delhi students’ school curriculum. The board will introduce a daily hug to the curriculum to counter the rising youth suicide rate.

The Delhi state education board has made it mandatory for students attending 600 government schools to begin their day with a “jaadu ki jhappi”, an embrace, to ward off stress.

School children aged between 9 and 18 will soon have to give each other and their teacher an affectionate hug at the morning assembly, but of course only to the same gender.

An estimated 4,000 students commit suicide in India each year because of exam failure or fear of failure in a society where there is intense pressure to succeed academically. The idea has already been given successful trials in some schools in the capital and will now be introduced to the rest of the state.

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