Proposal for yoga, culture courses in JNU rejected again

The document further said Indian culture cannot be understood without the help of "Indian literature, which are generally written by sages".

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 9, 2016 10:04 am
JNU, yoga, culture courses, JNU yoga, JNU culture courses, RSS, news, latest news, India news, national news, Delhi news Following various communications from the HRD Ministry and the University Grants Commission (UGC), JNU had last year circulated a draft of three courses among its various schools and departments for their feedback.

JNU’s plan to introduce short-term courses in Indian culture and yoga is unlikely to take off with the university’s top decision making body rejecting a proposal in this regard for the second time. The proposal to introduce three short-term courses in these subjects had come last year against the backdrop of right-wing organisations, including RSS, insisting on propagation of culture in educational campuses to promote India’s rich heritage and restore its cultural identity.

Following various communications from the HRD Ministry and the University Grants Commission (UGC), JNU had last year circulated a draft of three courses among its various schools and departments for their feedback. The proposal was rejected by the Academic Council (AC), the university’s statutory decision making body, in November. However, the varsity had in May decided to reconsider it and the departments were asked to rework on the proposed course structure and place the same before the council.

“The reworked draft was placed before the AC last week and the proposal was rejected by majority members,” a council member told PTI. According to the proposed draft, the course on Indian culture aimed at expounding the importance of the country’s culture as well as exploring the etymological, social, spiritual, cultural and mythological aspects and establishing Indian values in the world.

“The course will contain the texts, thoughts and traditions of different cultures and include things like religious systems in Indian culture among others. Besides, it will have portions from Vedas and selections from epics and Jatakas and suggestions on readings of Hindu epics like the Ramayana,” the draft read.

“There will be basic study of Indian culture to establish Indian rituals and values in the world and derive ways from these sources to make human life better,” it said. The document further said Indian culture cannot be understood without the help of “Indian literature, which are generally written by sages”.

It also suggested reading of the Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita from Gita Press Gorakhpur (a press in Uttar Pradesh that prints hindu religious texts), Acharya Jaidev’s Vedic Sanskriti, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar’s ‘Sanskriti ke Char Adhyaya’, among others.

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    adarsha badrinath
    Oct 9, 2016 at 6:55 am
    The leftists and secularists have ruled India's intellectual world for the last six decades thanks to Nehru and his progeny espousing that being Hindu is something to be ashamed of and India should ape the west and ignore its own legacy and culture, which supposedly is only regressive and medieval. The British created their education system so that it can generate a set of obedient babus to serve the British causes. Nehru continued the British way, so that nothing even remotely suggesting Hindu originated knowledge, would be disseminated. For him and other secularists, it is okay if minority insutions support and encourage their religions. JNU represents the epitome of this vested interest group and hence they wont even allow yoga which is now being globally practiced as so beneficial to humanity. I hope eventually Modi government can break this cancer that is so ashamed of anything Indian.
    1. Sunderraj Anklikar
      Oct 9, 2016 at 6:52 am
      Is JNU in India or stan, which does not allow the Yoga. There are still elements of stan present in all over Delhi JNU, Osmania University Hyderabad, and AMU which needs to be neutralized.
      1. D
        Oct 9, 2016 at 6:46 am
        Actually they need courses in terrorism, communism and Koran
        1. P
          Oct 14, 2016 at 2:21 am
          China takes up their traditional culture and art well woven with their "communist" way of living. They give the pet name to centres "study of comparitive religion" for common civil code. Their traditional therapy or processes owe to Nagarjuna of Nalanda and preserve them well as intellectual commodities. Indian communists particularly of JNU are still living in Stalin-Trosky mind set of erstwhile soviet union and start wearing an umbrella when it rains in Russia or west.
          1. Subba Rao Venkata Vure
            Oct 9, 2016 at 6:42 am
            Is JNU running with Indian Tax payers money or not? In India shall we teach indian culture or communism? JNU academicians are known communists hence not surprised at this. Such insutions must be denied public funds and asked to stand on their own legs or PARISH.
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