Pune: SPPU Professors Demand Inquiry Of Ganesh Atharvashirsha Course
Pune, 3rd December 2022: The professors of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) have demanded an inquiry into the Ganesh Atharvashirsha course by experts and suspension of the course till the completion of the inquiry. More than 25 professors from various departments of the university, along with senior scholars, submitted a joint statement to the Vice-Chancellor raising objections about the syllabus.
A credit online course on ‘Personality Development Graph – Pathway to Peace of mind Sri Ganesh Atharvashirsha’ has been launched by the Department of Sanskrit-Prakrit, Lokmanya Tilak College, Department of Sanskrit, Savitribai Phule Pune University and Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Trust Pune. After the criticism of this course, the university has expressed its readiness to change the course by appealing to scholars to give suggestions regarding the course. In this background, the professors of the university raised some questions regarding the study sequence and demanded suspension of the course through a joint statement to the Vice-Chancellor.
While approving the syllabus, the subject was not discussed in the important authority bodies like Vidyashakha and Vidya Parishad consisting of relevant subject experts. It is not clear which of the objectives enunciated by the Maharashtra Legislature at the time of the establishment of the University is achieved by this course of study. Religious texts, ancient languages and literature are studied in various departments of the university, clinically and rationally. This study is based on scientific research and study. However, there is doubt whether this certificate is based on any prior research or scientific criteria and whether this course is organized and taught scientifically.
It is not clear what solid scientific evidence establishes that completing such a course brings definite peace of mind and personality development. The brochure for the course also made distinctions. It is not right that such statements are promoting inequality in society and spreading superstitions in the name of the university; it is trying to gain social recognition, the statement said. Also, it was demanded to inquire about these issues through experts and make them public and suspend the course until the inquiry is completed.
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