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Delhi University college asks staff to sign up for Gita course, teachers ask why 2024

A “compulsory,” paid course on the Bhagavad Gita at Delhi University College has left a section of teachers miffed. While the principal said the course is “highly relevant”, some teachers questioned the need for a “religious course.”

The “refresher certificate course”, scheduled between December 22 and January 10, is being held from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm on all days of the week, and participants are to pay Rs 950 to attend it, online or offline.

An email sent by Principal S P Aggarwal to teachers on December 18 read: “It has been decided now that all newly recruited teaching staff in the last one year must register and attend the programme. It is compulsory for them to attend in offline mode. Rest of the teaching staff, it is also compulsory but they can take a call whether they like to attend online or offline.”

It further read: “Similarly, for all non-teaching staff, it is compulsory for them to attend the programme in offline mode. This is in line with our objective of creating an ecosystem in which we can set an example that our education is aligned with Indian Knowledge System i.e. Bharatiya Gyan Parampara.”

The mail said the course is “in line with the setting up of the Indian Knowledge Centre in the college”, adding: “In view of this, it is our responsibility to first sensitise ourselves through such programmes because we will be conducting a series of such programmes not only on “Bhagavad Gita” but other vedas applicable on Indian Knowledge System.”

Delhi University college asks staff to sign up for Gita course

HT reached out to principal SP Aggarwal but did not receive a response till the time of filing this report.

According to the college website, “Bharatam” or the newly launched Centre for Learning, Illumination and Innovation, is hosting the 20-day course called “Srimad Bhagavad Gita”.

“Rooted in the essence of Bharatiya Gyan Parampara, the course endeavours to delve into each adhyaya [chapter] of the Bhagavad Gita, unravelling its philosophical intricacies and timeless teachings. Through a meticulous examination of the verses, the participants will embark on a deep exploration of the spiritual wisdom encapsulated in this revered scripture.” The course fees is ₹950.

The Democratic Teachers’ Front, a teachers’ association, issued a statement condemning the move. “It is not against academic principles to critically study Srimad Bhagavad Gita or any other text. Making it mandatory and holding participants captive, however, suggests propagation of uncritical thinking and sectarian beliefs,” the statement said.

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