Kolkata: Jadavpur University, one of the premier educational institutes in West Bengal, has rejected the University Grants Commission (UGC)’s suggestion to encourage students to take a ‘cow science’ test that is to be conducted nationally by the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog, a government body under the ministry of fisheries and animal husbandry.
A statement issued in the name of the ‘Jadavpur Fraternity’ came into circulation on Facebook from Monday morning stating that the varsity had “straight off rejected” the proposal of conducting the cow science examination.
“The university authorities and teachers are of the view that the university has always upheld a scientific and secular form of education since its inception. Holding this examination will be a compromise with its eternal philosophy,” the statement says.
“The Jadavpur Fraternity would appeal to other colleges and UGC to rethink the unscientific direction this examination will give to the education system of the country,” it adds.
The statement in circulation says that COVID-19 has adversely affected the nation, in general, and universities, in particular, due to lack of funds. Therefore, university teachers feel that research should be conducted in “scientific disciplines well-funded by the government”, without any scope for diversion aimed at undermining science.
The statement alleges that the proposed cow science exam “tries to push a particular unscientific philosophy on the current generation of students”.
It also refers to two examples of “unscientific data cited in the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog (the organising body) study material for the exam”.
The first example stated, “The study material mentions that people who had cow dung put on their walls remained unaffected in the Bhopal Gas tragedy.” The second example says, “The study material mentions that a particular place where cows have been killed continuously for some years are more prone to earthquakes.”
The proposed online test, named Kamdhenu Gau Vigyan Prachar Prasar Exam and Competition, was originally scheduled to be held on February 25. The UGC had written to all vice-chancellors urging them to ensure wide publicity for the exam and encourage students to take the test.
The exam has now been postponed, and the new dates are yet to be announced. A ‘mock test’ was to be conducted on February 21, but it did not take place.