Uday Mahajan, co-ordinator, GRF, said the primary aim of GVSP was to create awareness on Gandhian principles and thoughts. The examination is conducted on the basis of the course material which is provided by GRF at subsidised rates to secondary schools, higher secondary schools and universities for studies. The course material, which differs for each class, includes books such as Bapu Mazi Aai, Mazi Jeevan Katha, Gandhi Katha, Gandhiginche Jeevan Tyanchyah Shbdat, Gandhi Ganga, Vidhayak Karyakram, Charitry Ani Rashtriya Nirman, Mazi Jeevan Katha, Arogyachi killi, Hind Swaraj, Maza Swapnancha Bharat, An Autobiography: The Story of my Experiments With Truth and so on. “The exams for schools and colleges are conducted in October. The results are out in around 10 days,” adds Mahajan.
The first three students from each class from each district are awarded medals. GRF also distributes certificates to students and the teacher-coordinator for their participation and support.
Special prizes (Trophy) are awarded to first three schools/colleges who enroll maximum number of students from the state. The examination fee is nominal and ranges from Rs 15-30, which includes the cost of the books too.
Interestingly, since 2011, the examination was conducted in several prisons too such as the district prisons of Jalgaon, Dhule, Wardha, Yawatmal, Akola and Buldhana and also at Ratnagiri Special Prison and Nashik Road Central Prison. “Here, GVSP is conducted between November and January,” informs Mahajan.
From next year, GRF is also planning to introduce online examination for GVSP.