UGC’s move on astrology opposed

DH News Service

Scientists of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) here have expressed their ‘’deep concern’’ regarding the decision by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to introduce courses in astrology in Indian universities. A resolution to this effect was arrived at a meeting here today. The resolution signed by 42 scientists of IIA, a copy of which will be sent to the prime minister, says that the move to introduce astrology as an academic discipline in Indian universities is a ‘’serious threat’’ to the all-round progress of India in areas of science and technology. They have urged the UGC to drop the move.

‘’As practitioners of a scientific discipline which is a direct antithesis to astrology, namely astronomy, we consider it our duty to remind our fellow countrymen and the UGC administration of the dangers of this retrograde step. These anachronistic steps give justification and legitimacy to unscientific and harmful ideas that deserve no place institutions of scholastic work’’, the resolution said.

The resolution further said that the regional heritage of the country is in danger of being tarnished by the proposal of the UGC. ‘’We appeal to the UGC administration to dismiss the present order, which accords legitimacy to astrology and other irrational practices’’, the resolution added.

Source:DECCAHERALD Tuesday, April 24, 2001
Referred by: Mukundan CM
Published on: April 26, 2001
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