The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will soon hold online classes on ‘Leadership Lessons from Ramayana’ aiming to teach how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic by drawing lessons from the epic. These sessions will be conducted through a webinar by the varsity’s School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies and School of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies faculty members. The registration for the course is on and the discussions will be held on May 2 and 3 from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Announcing the course, JNU Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagdesh Kumar took to his personal Twitter handle and wrote, “About Rama, in 1946, Mahatma Gandhi said: He is one without a second. He alone is great. There is none greater than He. He is timeless, formless, stainless. Such is my Rama. He alone is my Lord and Master’. JNU organises leadership lessons from Ramayana. All from JNU are welcome.”
On questions being raised regarding the connection with coronavirus, JNU in a statement to news agency ANI commented, “Mahatma Gandhi emphasised how Lord Ram taught us to uphold truth, justice, equality and equanimity even in an adverse situation. When we’re fighting COVID we thought there are great lessons to learn from Ramayana to strengthen ourselves. I see no reason why anybody should oppose it.”
Mahatma Gandhi emphasized how Lord Ram taught us to uphold truth,justice,equality&equanimity even in adverse situation. When we’re fighting COVID we thought there are great lessons to learn from Ramayan to strengthen ourselves. I see no reason why anybody should oppose it: JNU VC https://t.co/Na3c7nBsIn
— ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2020
The vice-chancellor informed that this lecture is part of a series of webinars being organised by the varsity to raise awareness about the coronavirus pandemic. “JNU has a large number of faculty members who are involved in information dissemination, data mining, vaccines, and diagnosis research that have direct or indirect implications for effectively dealing with the disease and secondary issues arising from it,” the varsity said in a statement.
The university also created a Covid-19 portal which acts as a one-stop source of information related to the pandemic. It features videos and messages from ministries, videos to stay fit, boost immunity, and other information related to coronavirus.