Sahithya Parishad has sought to cancel the national-level
voluntary online exam on ''gau vigyan'' (cow science), saying
it was an attempt to spread superstition and to saffronise
the education sector in the country.
The parishad, a progressive outfit in the state conceived
as a people''s science movement, asked civil society to
disregard a recent directive issued to all Vice-Chancellors
by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to encourage
students to take up the exam organised by Rashtriya Kamdhenu
The Central government had, on January 5, announced the
gau vigyan to be held on February 25 in a bid to generate
interest among students and general public about the native
breed of cow and its benefits.
"It''s condemnable and shocking that the UGC, an apex
body of university education in the country, is encouraging
the students to take part in an exam based on an unscientific
text full of blunders," the Parishad said in a press release.
The Aayog had said the syllabus of the objective model
exam would be recommended on the website of the RKA.
The parishad said there are so many nonsensical claims on
the website which does not have any scientific backing.
"The website contains claims that there are traces of gold
in the milk of indigenous cows due to which its milk has a
light yellowish tint. It also says the cow''s milk protects
humans from nuclear radiations and many more," the parishad
The parishad pointed out that the Article 51A (h) of the
Constitution of India says it shall be the duty of every
citizen to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the
spirit of inquiry and reform.
"It''s a disgrace that a government agency in a
countrywith a Constitution, which emphasis on scientific
awareness, was associating in spreading superstitious
propaganda," the organisation said.
The parishad, in a statement, said the move was part of a
concerted effort to saffronise the country''s educational
process, which is supposed to be secular and scientifically
"This will embarrass Indian universities and the education
system before the world," it said.
The parishad asked the UGC to withdraw its letter to the
universities and cancel the examination.
The RKA had said the exam would infuse curiosity into all
Indians about cows and make them aware of the unexplored
potential and business opportunities a cow can offer, even
after it stops giving milk.
The RKA, which comes under the Ministry of Fisheries,
Animal Husbandry and Dairying, was set up by the Centre in
February 2019 and is aimed at conservation, protection and
development of cows and their progeny. PTI RRT