An outfit in Kerala wants exam on 'cow science' scrapped
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM [Maha Media]: 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 the general public about the native breed of cow and its benefits.
"It's condemnable and shocking that the UGC, an apex body of the 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.