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Outfit in Kerala wants exam on ''cow science'' scrapped

Outfit in Kerala wants exam on ''cow science'' scrapped
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Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 21 (PTI) The Kerala Sasthra

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

Aayog (RKA).

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

said.

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

based.

"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

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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