UGC seeks report from Sharda University on question on Hindutva, fascism similarities

Sharda University's Political Science (Honours) question in the BA first-year paper asked the students about "Hindutva-Fascism".

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Press Trust of India | May 9, 2022 | 09:34 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission (UGC) sought a report from the Sharda University on Monday about an "objectionable" question asked by it in an exam on similarities between Hindutva and fascism. The higher education regulator has asked the Greater Noida-based private university to explain in the detailed action-taken 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 that 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 the Sharda University.

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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 (Hindutva)? Elaborate with arguments."

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". In a statement issued on Saturday, 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 had set the question paper.

The committee will look into the possibility of bias in the questions asked from the BA political science students, pending this inquiry, the university has suspended the concerned faculty, it said. It further expressed regrets and said, “The University fraternity is totally averse to any line of thought which distorts the great national identity and the inclusive culture inherent in our national ethos.”

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