The Indian government has announced that university students will be able to earn credits for studying ancient Hindu scriptures, including the Vedas and Puranas. The move is part of a broader effort to promote India’s cultural heritage and traditions.
Under the new scheme, students will be able to earn up to 10 credits for studying the Vedas, and up to five credits for studying the Puranas. The credits will count towards the students’ overall grade point average, and will be available to students across all disciplines.
The decision has sparked controversy, with some critics accusing the government of promoting Hindu nationalism and exclusion. However, supporters argue that the study of ancient texts is an important part of India’s cultural heritage and can provide valuable insights into history, philosophy, and religion.
The government has also announced plans to establish a National Education Policy, which will include a focus on Indian languages and cultural traditions. The policy aims to promote a more holistic and comprehensive approach to education, and to bridge the gap between traditional and modern knowledge systems.
The study of ancient texts has a long tradition in India, with many scholars and intellectuals viewing them as a valuable source of knowledge and wisdom. However, the texts are also viewed by some as outdated and exclusionary, and there have been calls for a more critical and inclusive approach to their study.
The move to offer credits for the study of Vedas and Puranas is part of a broader trend towards greater recognition of India’s cultural heritage and traditions. This has included the promotion of yoga and Ayurveda, as well as the celebration of festivals and other cultural events.