Now students pursuing Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at UP’s Chaudhary Charan Singh University will be taught books authored Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and yoga guru Ramdev. In an effort to apprise students about India’ s “ancient cultural heritage” and the architects of this heritage, the varsity has included Yogi Adityanath’s ‘Hathyoga Ka Swaroop va Sadhna’ and Ramdev’s ‘Yog Sadhna va Yog Chikitsa Rahasya as part of the first year, second semester undergraduate philosophy curriculum. It can also be taken as an elective subject by students, along with other courses.
“The Board of Studies on philosophy has decided that the works of Yogi Adityanath and Ramdev would be included in the syllabus. The two books have been recommended by the state government and endorsed by the Board of Studies of the university.” Varsity pro vice chancellor Prof Y. Vimla told news agency IANS.
“The concept of the New Education Policy is that students must first be apprised of their ancient cultural heritage and taught about the architects of this heritage. For instance, when it comes to botany, we need to teach students about the ancient sages who developed Ayurveda and the contributors to its evolutionary process.” she added.
The recommendation from the state government was made to the University Grants Commission (UGC).
“Study and practice of this course will provide a stressless and effortless life, expansion of consciousness, regulation of the nervous system, etc,” said the syllabus structure for the philosophy course recommended by the state government to the university.
Under the New Education Policy, the UGC has come up with a new curriculum that allows universities to decide what makes up 30 per cent of the syllabus for each course. This 30 per cent is designed to keep regional relevance in mind.