Creating a Centre for Hindu studies at Delhi University with a 17-member panel has drawn criticism

Delhi University
17-member panel has drawn criticism

According to an official, Delhi University has established a 17-member panel to create a centre for Hindu Studies to teach courses about the history of the Hindus at the university.

However, a member of the academic council questioned the need for such a centre. Prakash Singh, the DU Director of South Delhi Campus, will preside over the 17-person panel.

There are about 23 universities in India that provide Hindu studies programmes. DU also believed that it needed a centre for Hindu studies, according to Singh, who was quoted by PTI.

"We don't have a centre for Hindu studies, but we do have a centre for Buddhist studies. We decided to test the viability of establishing a centre for Hindu studies," Singh continued.

He stated that the panel's initial goal would be to evaluate the center's feasibility before introducing courses as necessary.

"We will first introduce postgraduate and research courses, and then we may introduce UG courses," Singh continued.

The committee will make decisions regarding how many new courses will be offered and whether they will be offered this year or the following. He added that the group also intended to deliver the framework to the academic council soon.

A member of the academic council, however, disagrees with the necessity of the centre.

"What locations are Sikh, Muslim, and other centres? The institution must offer classes for these additional religions as well "The council member, who wished to remain anonymous, added.

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As "Hindu is a way of life," Singh stated, it is incorrect to equate it with any particular religion.

"Unfortunately, the only aspect of Hinduism that we perceive is religious; it is a way of life. We have a long history; religion is merely one component of it. The centre will emphasise this element "Added he.

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The committee also includes Singh, Prof. Payal Mago, Director of the Campus of Open Learning, Prof. K Ratnabali, Dean, Academic Affairs, Dean, Faculty of Science, Dean, Faculty of Social Science, Dean, Faculty of Arts; Prof Seema Bawa, Head, Department of History; Prof Sangit Kumar Ragi, Head, Department of Political Science and Prof Anil Kumar Aneja, Head, Department of English. Prof Ranjan Kumar Tripathi, Joint Dean of Colleges; Dr Jaswinder Singh, Principal, SGTB Khalsa College; Prof C Sheela Reddy, Principal, Sri Venkateswara College; Prof A K Singh, Head and Dean, Faculty of Commerce; Prof V S Negi, EC Member, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Evening College; Dr Aditya Gupta, Department of Philosophy; Dr Prerna Malhotra, Department of English and Sh Jay Chanda, Joint Registrar (Academic) are also part of the panel.

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