controversy over gita course

The introduction of a Bhagavad Gita Course at Ramanujan College, Controversy Erupts and Principal Faces Teaching Staff Criticism. The teachers fear that it may promote sectarian beliefs.

Principal’s Response and Course Details

SP Aggarwal responded by clarifying that the Bhagavad Gita Course is not mandatory. The course was launched as a certificate program that targets both teaching and non-teaching staff. It spans 20 days, with sessions available online or offline from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. The principal also said that the course covers more than just the Bhagavad Gita—it also includes teachings from the Vedas.

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Teachers’ Opposition and Demands

The National Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) called for the withdrawal of the course registration. Also, it was claimed that the principal misused his authority and power. They argued that staff were unfairly forced to join programs. it was said that the administration was not considering their regular duties amid ongoing semester examinations. And they were given additional burden through the launching of these courses. The DTF also emphasized the additional burden imposed on teachers.

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Principal’s Defense and Purpose of the Course

SP Aggarwal refused the allegations, saying that the Course was not mandatory. It is intended as an appeal to sensitize staff and students to the content and relevance of the Bhagavad Gita in the modern education system. He clarified that the Bhagavad Gita Course aims to disseminate knowledge about the Bhagavad Gita and also extend to the Vedas.

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Conclusion

After teachers got upset about the Bhagavad Gita Course, the principal said it fits with the Indian knowledge system’s goals. The argument shows how it’s hard to balance academic freedom and cultural respect in schools.

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