- Higher education minister R Bindu seeks explanation from Kannur University VC
Kannur: The inclusion of Vir Savarkar and MS Golwalkar in the syllabus for students of MA at Kannur University has triggered a major row, with the government being accused of attempting to saffronize education. According to a report, the inclusion of the text in the syllabus was temporarily quashed on Friday.
The students’ wing of Congress, Kerala Students Union (KSU) took out a march at the university and even set copies of the syllabus on fire. The Muslim Students Federation (MSF), the student wing of the Indian Union Muslim Leagure (IUML), too staged protests against the move.
They accused the Pinarayi Vijayan-led CPI(M) government of promoting saffronisation in Kerala.
As per available details, books like Savarkar’s ‘Hindutva: Who is a Hindu’ and Golwalkar’s ‘Bunch of Thoughts’ have been included in the curriculum for MA Governance and Politics. Excerpts from Deendayal Upadhyaya’s book Intergal Humanism and Balraj Madhok’s ‘Indianization: What, Why and How’, too, have reportedly been included in the syllabus.
Kerala education minister demands explanation
Following the uproar, Kerala higher education minister R Bindu sought an explanation from Kannur University Vice-Chancellor Gopinath Ravindran on inclusion of the text in the syllabus.
The students have alleged that the decision to include the text was taken by the VC. It was prepared by teachers of Thalassery Brennen College, and not by the Board of Studies, they claimed.
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