July 11, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi: As per the latest dictation to impose hindutva way of life, the students of engineering colleges and technical institutes of the country will have to take part in yoga, sports or other socially relevant activities in addition to their regular academics to be awarded a degree.
Prior to such dictation the institutions had the organisations such as National Social Service (NSS), National Cadet Corps (NCC) and the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan campaign, but the participation used to be voluntary.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is the organisation governing more than 10,000 institutions having over 18 lakh students, has made these mandatory.
Students will have to ensure 25% attendance in one of these activities although there won’t be any marks for their performance, media reports said.
“Apart from studies, students need to do other activities too which is good for their well-being and for the society too,” reads the statement of a senior AICTE official given to An English vernacular.
The imposition of yoga through college curriculum can be see on the same page as Hindi language is been imposed on school students by making it mandatory under ‘three language policy’ imposed by the Union government..
Such an implementation of pro-hindutva policies have seen a sudden surge ever since Narindera Modi lead BJP came to power in May 2014.
On the pretext of learning a new and healthy lifestyle through yoga the students under the central government’s flagship Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA), will have to visit villages and engage with the rural folk to learn from their respective lifestyle.
Interestingly, the University Grants Commission (UGC) under union ministry for Human Resources Development last month had asked all universities and colleges to prioritise the celebration of the International Yoga Day (IYD), and submit proof of activities undertaken by students and faculty for review, notes Hindustan Times (HT).
Moreover, it is claimed by the government that the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, aims to uplift rural India by enabling higher educational institutions to work with villages by identifying development challenges and finding solutions for enabling sustainable growth.
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