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Remove Colonial Influences in Courses on Social Work: RSS to Tell Universities

June 14, 2018 06:39 AM


Remove Colonial Influences in Courses on Social Work: RSS to Tell Universities

New Delhi:

The education wing of the RSS, Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, that for many years has been urging the government to “Indianise” the education system has now turned its attention to social work courses offered by universities in India.

The social work graduate and post-graduate courses are heavily influenced by “Euro-American, colonial missionary activities” which need to be done away with, the organisation has said in its concept note.

The newly designed social work courses should include approaches by social workers in India and should feature reform movements of Guru Nanak, Narayan Guru, Jyotiba Phule, Nanaji Deshmukh, Vinoba Bhave, Rani Gaidinilu and also of organisations such as Gorakhnath Mutt and Ramakrishna Mission.

All this will be finalised in a meeting on June 29-30, called by Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, in Wardha University. Senior professors of 25 colleges and universities, including Delhi University, Jamia Milia Islamia and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, are likely to participate in it. Bishnu Mohan Dash, former Head, department of Social Work, Dr. BR Ambedkar college, DU is heading the campaign.

“The new syllabus prepared in consultation with experts throughout the year will be presented to the participants. The syllabus will also be presented to University Grants Commission, and communicated separately to all the central and state universities for implementation. As most universities have some autonomy on deciding the syllabus, we are hopeful they will be receptive to changes. For others, we are designing specific electives that can be offered,” a senior official in the RSS said.

According to officials in Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, the new curriculum aims at “decolonisation and Indianisation of social work” curriculum in Universities. “The tradition of the Annakshetra (free food outlets) or Langars (community kitchen) are unique approaches of food security but such practices don’t find a suitable place in social work syllabus,” the note said

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