First-year students of graduation in Madhya Pradesh colleges and universities will be offered ''Ramcharitmanas'' as an elective subject under philosophy discipline in the arts stream, state Higher Education Minister Mohan Yadav said today.
On recommendation of the syllabus committee, the "applied philosophy of Shri Ramcharitmanas" has been introduced as an optional course under the philosophy subject for first-year BA students from the 2021-22 academic session, he said.
"The Ramcharitmanas has science, culture, literature and ''shringar'' (concept of love and beauty in Indian classical art form). This is not about a particular religion. We have also introduced Urdu Ghazal as a subject," Mr Yadav said.
The minister said this 60-hour elective course will help develop a humanitarian perspective and ability of balanced leadership quality among students.
"When a new syllabus is being implemented in the context of the new education policy, we are also trying to bring our glorious past to the fore. Whether it is related to our scriptures or to our great men," he said.
Mr Yadav claimed it has been proved in a NASA study that Ram Setu was a man-made bridge built millions of years ago and Beyt Dwarka existed 5,000 years ago.
"This syllabus is being implemented on recommendation of scholars," the minister said.
Meanwhile, Congress MLA Arif Masood said the BJP government is taking such steps to hide its "failures".
"The slogan of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas is false. This slogan could be true if they would have included the Quran and the Bible along with the Ramayana," he said.
Mr Masood said the BJP governments in Madhya Pradesh and at the centre have failed and such steps are being taken to hide their "failures" on issues like education, infrastructure and employment.
Earlier this month, state Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang had announced that MBBS students in the state will study about RSS founder KB Hedgewar, Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya, Swami Vivekananda and BR Ambedkar as part of the first-year foundation course.
He said the move is aimed at instilling social and medical ethics among students.
Similarly, Mr Yadav had earlier announced that the Madhya Pradesh government is considering changing the Hindi nomenclature of the vice-chancellor's post in state universities from ''Kulpati'' to ''Kulguru''.