Introducing Nationalist syllabi among prime issues of ABVP

September 9, 2014

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is seeing red in the syllabi of courses at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. And so, the students' outfit -affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayam sevak Sangh-wants to counter the "Marxist" syllabi with "nationalist" syllabi of the courses.

It's a promise that ABVP is making ahead of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) elections scheduled for September 12. ABVP has promised to bring in changes in the syllabi, if voted to power in JNUSU.

ABVP perceives that syllabi of the courses, especially what is taught in the School of Social Sciences, are influenced by Marxist ideas. The outfit says to balance the overtly Marxist syllabi, nationalist history should be introduced. "For many years in JNU only Marxist syllabi have been taught, especially in the School of Social Sciences. We want to change that and introduce nationalist syllabi that will reflect the ethos of the country. To begin with, we want students should be taught about the life and teachings of nationalist figures like Veer Savarkar and Swami Vivekananda," said Vinay Kant, JNU unit president of ABVP.

encouraged by the recent changes in national politics and support of the Central government to issues raised by ABVP in other universities, the outfit hopes that their demands will be met with. "We have already given an application to the Union HRD Ministry regarding change of syllabi and other issues in JNU. We have received a positive response, but any change will only happen with time," Kant added.

Claiming that most of the professors in the University have Left leanings, ABVP said that's the reason why Marxist books are suggested to the students. While ABVP doesn't want the current syllabi to be totally removed, the group feels students must have a nationalist perspective from what they study.

"JNU has become a hub of Left-leaning students and teachers. We want that there should be a balance and students should also receive nationalist education. Teach Marxism, but also teach about our Hindu past. Why should students not get to know about Indian history from nationalist ABVP wants to counter the 'Marxist' syllabus By HeenaKausar in New Delhi perspective?" said Kant.

Other poll promises of ABVP include increase in the fellowships for research students, more buses to JNU campus and a placement cell for students.

While ABVP may be nurturing high hopes with its plans, other students' outfits feel this is just an attempt to 'saffronise' education in the name of nationalism. "They want to saffronise education in the name of nationalism. But they will have to face defeat in JNU. Changes are fine, but not saffronisation. We are well aware of ABVP's ideology. If anyone wants to change the syllabi then it can only happen when Centre wants," said Piyush from All India Students Association (AISA).

But, ABVP candidate Saourabh Kumar -who is contesting for the position of students' union president -countered that, saying the aim is to include secular syllabi and not saffronisation. "The syllabus is outdated and we want to update it so that students can get jobs. Also, we want that the Marxist bias in the social sciences should be balanced and a secular syllabus should be taught. We are not asking for saffronisation but want to remove the red hues from the syllabus," said Kumar.



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