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Pune university’s vegetarian criterion for medals sparks row

NYOOOZ 2017-11-11 00:00:00

Summary: Savitribai Phule Pune University Savitribai Phule Pune UniversityA circular reissued by Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) that lists being vegetarian and a proponent of Indian culture as criteria for bagging gold medals has drawn flak, with political parties and student groups demanding its withdrawal. Give a gold medal to those who issued this diktat and dismiss them.”NCP leader Supriya Sule tweeted, “Shocking disappointing decision by Pune University – so proud of education in our state, What has happened to our universities. On verifying the eligibility of applicants, the registrar said the scrutiny committee (of varsity officials) would “fully trust” the applicant’s statement. How can the committee judge any applicant’s claim of being a vegetarian?” asked Jayashri Patil, a student of mass media and communication. The gold medals were instituted in 2006 by a trust in the names of Yogmurthi Rashtriya Keertankar Ramchandra Gopal Shelar and Tyagmurthi Shrimati Saraswati Ramachandra Shelar.


Savitribai Phule Pune University Savitribai Phule Pune University A circular reissued by Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) that lists being vegetarian and a proponent of Indian culture as criteria for bagging gold medals has drawn flak, with political parties and student groups demanding its withdrawal. The gold medals were instituted in 2006 by a trust in the names of Yogmurthi Rashtriya Keertankar Ramchandra Gopal Shelar and Tyagmurthi Shrimati Saraswati Ramachandra Shelar. Postgraduate students from science and non-science backgrounds are alternately awarded the prize. The 10 conditions for winning the medal include: applicants must not have any substance addiction, must be a proponent of Indian culture, a practitioner of yoga and meditation, and essentially a vegetarian , As Reported By IE.

According to the Newspaper,A circular listing these criteria is reissued every year. This year, the circular was reissued on October 31, following which it drew flak from various quarters. University officials, however, said the varsity does not decide on the eating habits of students and would raise this matter with the trust. The Congress termed the circular “silly”, with Congress leader Vishwajeet Kadam saying that an educational degree had nothing to do with a student’s food habits.

Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/pune-universitys-vegetarian-criterion-for-medals-sparks-row-4932137/