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UGC wants to know from Sharda University amidst an exam question about similarities between Hindutva and fascism

By wasmulhaq 
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A controversy broke out when a question was asked in an exam on similarities between Hindutva and fascism by Sharda University. The University Grants Commission (UGC) came into action and sought a report from the university about an “objectionable” question asked by it in an exam on similarities between Hindutva and fascism.

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The higher education regulator has asked the Greater Noida-based private university to explain in the detailed report the steps taken by it to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.

“It has been noticed that the students objected to the question and filed a complaint with the university.” “Needless to say, asking students such a question is against the spirit and ethos of our country, which is known for inclusivity and homogeneity, and such questions have not been asked,” the UGC said in a communication to Sharda University.

The Political Science (Honours) question in the BA first-year paper asked the students about “Hindutva-Fascism”. The question carrying seven marks read, “Do you find any similarities between Fascism/Nazism and Hindu right-wing Hindutv?” Elaborate with arguments. “

The moment the question paper went on social media, people started trolling the university. The university took action and formed a three-member committee.

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After the question paper went viral on social media platforms, the university formed a three-member committee to “look into the possibility of bias in the questions,” as per the statement issued by the university. It said the committee has found the question objectionable and, for the purpose of evaluation, it may be ignored by the evaluators.

The university has also issued a show-cause notice to the faculty member who set the question paper.

 

 

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