Kurukshetra University has proposed to set up a "Srimad Bhagavad Gita Study Centre", the first of its kind in the country, to promote spiritualism among the students and faculty.
The emphasis would be on making aspirants understand Gita, known as a guide for living a meaningful life, in the modern socio-economic context.
RK Deswal, chairman of the philosophy department, told the Hindustan Times on Wednesday that the university has prepared a detailed project in this regard to be submitted for a financial grant from the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The UGC has a special provision of providing funds to promote path-breaking and innovative schemes.
Deswal said Kurukshetra, where Gita was preached during Mahabharata, needed a study centre on the ancient scripture since long.
The centre is proposed to have two parts - meditation and moral teaching - on the basis of Gita and will teach it as an academic book, focusing on spiritualism and art of concentration.
Deswal emphasised on the need to spread Gita's message in the modern environment where young professionals were stressed and suffered lifestyle-related issues.
He said various management institutes across the globe were adopting Gita as a subject and using it as a tool to burst stress.
"Though students' education quotient and intelligence quotient are improving, there is a need to guide them to inculcate and improve the mantra of spiritualism quotient (SQ). And the centre will help them shape their lives and excel in professional assignments," he said.
The university had, in August this year, started a certificate course on Srimad Bhagavad Gita, first-ever attempt to initiate a complete academic programme on the spiritual book.
Under the proposed centre, the philosophy department has planned to offer advanced course of diploma in Gita.