Ramanujan College of Delhi University has introduced a certificate cum refresher course on Holy Bhagavad Gita ji for all its teaching and non teaching staff. This course has attracted revolt from the teachers as they think that this decision is being forced on them.
- Ramanujan College of Delhi University introduced a certificate cum refresher course on Holy Bhagavad Gita ji.
- The main aim of the college is to promote the Indian Knowledge System (IKS).
- This course is initiated as a 20 day course from December 22, 2023 to January 10th, 2024 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm on all days including Sunday and Christmas.
- The course is available in both online and offline modes with its fee of INR 950.
- College Principal SP Aggarwal has asked all the staff through email to attend this course.
- Inclusion of this course as a mandatory course has initiated a revolt from the Democratic Teachers Front (DTF) and they have demanded the removal of it.
- As per Holy Gita ji, only a Tatvdarshi Sant can reveal the real essence of Holy Bhagavad Gita and presently Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj is the only Tatvdarshi Sant.
Ramanujan College of Delhi University Introduced course on Holy Bhagavad Gita
- Ramanujan College of Delhi University has introduced a certificate cum refresher course on Holy Shrimad Bhagavad Gita ji.
- This course is a 20 day course starting from 22nd December, 2023 to 10th January 2024.
- It will be taken up daily from 4:30pm to 6:30pm including holidays and the enrollment fee is INR 950.
- College aims at aligning itself with the Indian Knowledge System(IKS) which is already introduced in the curriculum of the Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.
Principal SP Aggarwal confirmed through Email
- In an email, Principal SP Aggarwal confirmed this new introduction of the course of Holy Gita ji.
- He wrote “It has been decided now that all newly recruited teaching staff in the last one year must register and attend the programme. It is compulsory for them to attend in offline mode. For the rest of the teaching staff also, it is compulsory but they can take a call whether they like to attend online or offline.”
- He further said “Similarly, for all non-teaching staff, it is compulsory for them to attend the programme in offline mode. This is in line with our objective of creating an ecosystem in which we can set an example that our education is aligned with Indian Knowledge System i.e. Bharatiya Gyan Parampara.”
- He further added “This course is in line with the setting up of the Indian Knowledge System Centre at the college. In view of this, it is our responsibility to first sensitise ourselves through such programmes.”
- In a second email on 21st December, 2023, he wrote “Those who have not registered yet, please register as soon as possible since we have to send the data of registration to the Chairman, Governing Body of the college,”
Reactions from the Teaching Staff
- Teachers are offended upon making the course mandatory for all. Even the non teaching staff are asked to attend it.
- A teacher who registered after the second email of the Principal said “What sort of a message is being sent by an email like this? Those who wanted to participate, would have. Why send out an email?”
- Another teacher said “We have not had any such religious course before. We received multiple mails asking us to register. I’m attending since we were told it’s compulsory. We had to attend on Sunday and Christmas as well. Teachers complete exam duty and then attend this. The Indian Knowledge System is not just about Hinduism.”
- “This is unfortunate. An email telling us the list will be shared with the Chairman is unfair and sounds like a threat. There’s money involved. Non-teaching staff will also have to attend this.” said a third teacher.
Reactions from Democratic Teachers Front (DTF)
- Like the teachers, Democratic Teachers Front (DTF) backed teachers and opposed the decision on making this course mandatory.
- Abha Dev Habib, Secretary, DTF said “Among the objectives listed for Teaching Learning Centre, the first in the list is to accelerate the teaching-learning process by way of promoting independent, critical and creative thinking. The illegal and unacademic mandate by the Principal defeats that objective. That very objective underlies the idea of a University. Illegally coercing teachers and non-teaching staff to remain engaged till 6.30 pm beyond official duties and the added burden of conducting the ongoing semester examinations of students is unacceptable and is a minor aspect of what is involved.”
- She further said “The administration of Ramanujan College must not act as an acolyte of the ruling dispensation in undermining public higher education. We call upon the administration of Ramanujan College to immediately withdraw mandatory attendance requirements in this course. The administration of Ramanujan College must also introspect on the impact of the conduct of such courses on the already fragile future of public higher education in India.”
Further Reactions from the Principal and Chairperson of the College
- When asked about the compulsion of the course to all staff, the Principal wrote “There is a choice, but we were requesting they attend it because it is related to the National Education Policy. The course is open to all. It is a highly relevant (course)… it is an academic offshoot, not a sermon. We are talking about relevance in today’s context. Not more than 30% of teachers are attending.”
- He further said “We have requested them… its not mine, but the governing body’s request that everybody understand this, only then will they be able to teach new NEP courses.”
- The chairperson of the Ramanujan College, Jigar Champaklal Inamdar responds by saying “The intention of the principal was to encourage the newly-recruited teachers. During the inauguration, I openly declared that it isn’t compulsory for all; teachers are free not to join.”
How To Know The Real Essence of Holy Gita Ji?
- In the pious Hindu religion, Holy Gita ji is superior to all and is equivalent to Holy Vedas. Holy Gita ji is considered as a summarised version of Holy Vedas.
- In the context of adding Holy Bhagavad Gita ji in the curriculum of Delhi University it is necessary to understand the basic essence of Holy Gita ji.
- An ordinary man cannot understand the meaning of Holy Bhagavad Gita ji himself. Holy Gita ji itself told in chapter 4 verse 34 that only a Tatvdarshi Sant can clearly tell the exact meaning about the verses of Holy Gita ji.
- Also, in chapter 15 verse 4, it has been advised to take the refuge of a Tatvdarshi Sant and He will correctly reveal the hidden mantras as given in chapter 17 verse 23 of Holy Gita ji to attain happiness and salvation.
Who is a Tatvdarshi Sant?
- A Tatvdarshi Sant is the one Who can correctly explain the creation of the universe in resemblance to an upside down tree with all its parts and roots in accordance with Holy Gita ji chapter 15 verse 1-4.
- The Tatvdarshi Sant will give you the gist of all Holy Scripture and will provide the true worship of Supreme God Kabir.
- Presently, Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj from Haryana, India is the Tatvdarshi Sant Who is giving us the correct explanation of Holy Scriptures and true method of worship.
- It is for us to understand and inspect His true spiritual knowledge and make the most of it. For more information you can also order a sacred book Gyan Ganga written by Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj from official website jagatgururampalji. org.