Congress Cries Foul After MP Govt Adds Ramcharitmanas, Bhagavad Gita to College Syllabus

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This comes after a week of introducing chapters on RSS and Jan Sangh founders to medical education

Pervez Bari | Clarion India

BHOPAL — After introducing chapters on RSS founder Dr Keshav Hedgewar and Jan Sangh founder Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay in the medical education, the Higher Education Department has included chapters on Ramcharitmanas and Bhagavad Gita in college syllabus across the state.

The Congress has termed the move as “destruction of education” and demanded that the government should instead introduce chapters on vocational courses that generate employment. State’s Higher Education Minister Mohan Yadav defended the move saying that it is aimed at teaching culture to students.

“What is the harm in teaching about a country’s culture to students? If this is interpreted as saffronisation of education then, yes, we are saffronising the syllabus,” said Yadav. The New Education Policy 2020 has been made for the betterment of all students. If we have Sanskrit in colleges, we also have Urdu, added the minister.

The new curriculum for first year undergraduate students was released 3 days ago. It has chapters like ‘Applied philosophy of Shri Ramcharitmanas’ as an optional subject in art stream.

Another chapter ‘Construction of the Ram Setu – unique example of engineering by lord Ram’, students will learn the engineering qualities of Ram.

Other chapters included in the syllabus for personality development are topics like ‘highest qualities of human personality including Shri Ram’s obedience towards his father and extreme devotion’ and ‘Capacity to bear divine qualities and sign of higher personality’.

Chapter on Mahabharata has been introduced in the foundation course of English. Besides, yoga and meditation have also been introduced in the foundation course.

Cong terms it as destruction of education

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson KK Mishra said that the BJP dispensation is hell bent on destroying the education system of the country. “Children are sent to school and colleges to gain education. The government should try to make the syllabus more employment-oriented and take steps in this direction,” said Mishra.

The new curriculum comes a week after the state government decided to include the life and works of Jan Sangh founder Deendayal Upadhyay and RSS founder Dr KB Hedgewar in the Foundation Course for first year MBBS students in the state. The government also decided to teach the students about the works of the ancient master of Ayurveda Charak, the ancient surgeon Sushustra, Swami Vivekananda and Dr BR Ambedkar.

Reacting to this, senior doctors in Bhopal say that any content should be introduced into the syllabus for the MBBS course only if it is relevant to medical science. Whether it is a personality or a philosophy, it should have some meaning, some usefulness for the future doctors.

Dean, People’s Medical College, Dr Anil Dixit, says that under medical ethics, currently, the students are basically taught about how to behave with the patients. “We also teach them about Sushru and scientists like Ronald Ross who contributed to the advancement of medical science,” he said, adding political philosophers have not been in the syllabus of medical courses. “What we teach to our students is decided by the National Medical Council and the Directorate of Medical Education of the state government,” he said.

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