In latest turn of events the UGC has come out with diktats for the new curriculum that is soon to begin in universities which are getting established for the benefit of overall society. The authorities in UGC have seriously condemned any element in any university syllabus that gives rise to the agenda of terrorism, to use handloom fabric for dresses worn in ceremonies or ban the experimentation with animals in university laboratories.
The directions were issued after the Administrative Reforms Commission was told that the mass communication and journalism education in the country should avoid elements which may advance the agenda of terrorism. In another notice the universities and affiliated colleges of the nation under UGC has been asked to use handloom fabric for ceremonial dresses which should be worn on special occasions like convocations, which would bring a sense of pride amongst the students.
Previously UGC has asked the affiliated universities to register online with Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiment on Animals (CPCSEA), to prevent animal slaughtering and animal cruelty in the name of experimentation. CPCESA is a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment which is responsible for prevention of cruelty to animals. The universities which would register would have to comply by the guidelines in their Life Sciences and Zoology courses. The universities have also been asked to comply by the Biological Diversity Act in academics and research that would raise the awareness among the students to safeguard the biodiversity in the country. The universities are asked to act upon the matters on priority basis and send an ‘action-report’ before July 30 to UGC.