We don't need Bhagavad Gita even as an optional subject at Anna university, we want to nip it in the bud, says DMK on the introduction of the Bhagavad Gita chapters. Anna University, one of the top engineering and technical institutions in Chennai, run by the government is facing the heat and protests since chapters from Bhagavad Gita is to be offered for the UG Engineering students of the Anna University in the select campus. This will appear as an optional course along with Western philosophies. Furthermore, this will come under the topic of Humanitarian and Social studies including Management courses.
Anna University has introduced philosophy as an optional course for UG engineering students, which will be implemented from the next academic year. The course structure mentions that a few chapters from Bhagavad Gita also will be taught to students. As per the model curriculum from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Anna University has introduced it as an audit course in the 3rd Semester, carrying 3 credits. Apart from other chapters, the subject will also deal with Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, Chandogya Upanishad etc with chapters dealing with other western philosophies like Plato and Socrates. However, it is up to the students to choose this course in their third semester from the 12 titles given by AICTE.
DMK has opposed this decision of Anna university by calling this as the imposition of Sanskrit language into the education system and demands the university to take off the Bhagavad Gita from the philosophies subject itself. DMK calls it as an attempt of the BJP to saffronize the education system and blames the AIADMK government to being dormant on this matter. Almost 300 DMK students wing cadres protested on Tuesday against the introduction of the Bhagavad Gita chapter and warned a major protest if it's not removed from the syllabus. A
nna University Vice-chancellor MK. Surappa has clarified that the students are free to select any of the audit courses and Bhagavat Gita is not compulsory to anyone. VC added that all required notifications will be made soon this happened due to miscommunication. However, there is a year pending for this syllabus to reflect in the academics and DMK has warned statewide protests if the university doesn't change the decision.
Meanwhile, DMK Rajya Sabha MP RS Barathi who spoke to Republic TV said "We don't want Bhagavad Gita even as an option, it will start here and it'll grow more,hence we wanted to nib it in the bud, why does a technical institute student need to learn Bhagavad Gita, there is no connection at all,"
"DMK is playing petty politics with this matter since they don't have anything to politicise, who are they to say that people should not study the chapter of Bhagavad Gita," asks Narayana Tirupathi, senior spokesperson of BJP.