Ramanujan College is in a heated debate over its DU’s Bhagavad Gita course. The cause? An email hinting at “mandatory attendance” stirred concerns among teachers.
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Allegations of Mandatory Attendance:
The “Bharatam” organization hosts the course, focusing on Bhagavad Gita chapters. It looks into the philosophy of the respected Bhagavad Gita. It follows the tradition of Bharatiya Gyan Parampara.
Governing Board’s Response:
Jigar Champak Lal Inamdar is the college board’s Chairman. He clarified that the course is optional. He emphasized that teachers can choose between online or offline participation.
Diverse Teacher Perspectives:
Some teachers voiced concerns about religious diversity. They emphasized that individuals from different communities shouldn’t feel obligated to attend. Contractual staff expressed reservations about the two-hour daily commitment.
Exploring the Course’s Aim:
Inamdar clarified that the course designed to teach and promote understanding. The two-hour sessions include dialogues and Q&A.
It created a space for active engagement with the text.
Email Controversy Escalation:
The controversy escalated when a later email listed teachers who hadn’t registered. Some teachers thought it might be a threat, so more of them signed up even during the holidays.
Bharatam’s Role and Course Details:
The “Bharatam” organization hosts the course. It focuses on the chapters of the Bhagavad Gita. Also, it explores the philosophical intricacies of the revered scripture. T The course fee is ₹950. (Grounded in Bharatiya Gyan Parampara)
Teachers’ Association Condemnation:
The Democratic Teachers’ Front condemned the move. They highlighted the need to study the DU’s Bhagavad Gita course. Even without mandatory participation. Some worried that this might encourage uncritical thinking and sectarian beliefs.
The holiday debate at Ramanujan College about DU’s Bhagavad Gita course is important. It raises questions about religious freedom and academic freedom. A balanced approach required to respect diversity and individual choices. This is crucial for Delhi University’s academic community to function well.
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