NEW DELHI: The Academic
Council of Jawaharlal Nehru University has outrightly rejected the proposal of
the central government to introduce short term courses on Indian culture and
yoga, for the purpose of bringing forth Indian traditions, values and history
before the world.
The proposal was initially
moved by the university administration on recommendation from UGC and HRD
Ministry.However, when the motion was put before the
highest decision making authority of JNU (the Academic Council), it was
The right wing organizations,
including the RSS, have a very strong opinion regarding promotion of Indian
culture in elite educational institutions. The idea is to restore the weakened
identity of Indian culture. This reinforcement is a major reason for this
recommendation from the Centre.
At a time when the NDA
university had last month circulated a draft of these three courses amongst
various schools and departments of JNU for their comments.
is being accused of extreme
saffron politics, especially the HRD Ministry, this rejection couldn't have
come at a worse stage.
in 1969, Jawaharlal Nehru University is one of the premier institutions of
higher learning in India. It promotes research and teaching which propels its
students and teachers to actively engage in higher level academic work and
national and international policy making.