New Delhi [India]: University Grants Commission (UGC) on Monday (May 09) sought action taken report from Sharda University in Greater Noida reportedly on an “objectionable” question asked by it in a Political Science examination question paper on the similarities between Hindutva and fascism.
Greater Noida-based private university asked the question in the examination of the first year of BA in Political Science (Hons.)
UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain, in a letter to Vice-Chancellor Sharda University, said, “It has come to the notice of the University Grants Commission through print and electronic media that an objectionable question was part of the question paper in the examination for the first year BA Political Science (Hons.) in your University. The students were asked in the question paper: “Do you find any similarities between Fascism/Nazism and Hindu right-wing (Hindutva)? Elaborate with arguments”.
UGC Secretary Jain further the students have objected to the question and filed complaints with the University.
“It has also been noticed that the students objected to the question and filed a complaint with the University. Needless to say that asking students such questions is against the spirit and ethos of our country which is known for its inclusivity and homogeneity and such questions should not have been asked,” he further added.
“The University is requested to submit a detailed action taken report on the matter at the earliest highlighting the steps taken for non-recurrence of such incidents in University,” Jain further asked.
Sharda University in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, revealed that Waqas Farooq Kuttay had set the question paper for BA 1st year students where he had asked students to establish similarities between Fascism/Nazism and Hindutva.(ANI)