IGNOU will start 2 New Courses in Vedic and Indic Studies: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) which is a distance learning national university located in New Delhi is all set to start 2 new degree and certificate programs in Vedic and Indic studies from the academic session 2017-18. The degree and certificate course in Vedic studies will be offered in association with a religious faction, the Swaminarayan Sect. Both the course aims to create awareness about the knowledge of the native people and it will also focus on the geographic, social, religious aspects of ancient Indian civilization.
An official from the University said “There are not many who can even tell the time sequence of the four Vedas and not many realise what is a Ved. A general perception is it a collection of hymns. Vedas are a reflection of Indian civilisation and offer an insight into what society was all about.” The program will also take into account other spiritual sects and faiths in India such as Sufism.
The Indira Gandhi National Open University is also setting up a chair which is named after Sect- Swaminarayan Chair. To set up a chair, MoU has been signed with the organisation which was founded in Gujarat and is also a subject of Vaishnava Hinduism and the Infrastructure of the Swaminarayan Sect will be used as study centres. An official source says The Indira Gandhi National Open University will offer the Vedic and Indic studies in Hindi, English and Gujarati language.
The university will start the course next month and the course will be offered to the applicants not only in India but overseas as well. The Swaminarayan sect has followers in all over the world, especially in the United States of America (USA), South Africa, United Kingdom (UK) and Kenya.
The University official said “Since the days of colonialism we have been taught history with a particular shade; more than 70% of the time we were talking ill of the Indian society—Dalits and women were ill-treated and it was a decrepit society. If that were true, why are there illustrious accounts of Greek people, who talk so highly of Indian society?”
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