Punjabi University will urge the University Grants Commission (UGC) to include gurmat sangeet-the Sikh religious music-as a subject in National Eligility Test- Junior Research Fellow (NET-JRF).
Currently, the students of this subject appear in music subject when they take the NET-JRF. The syllabus of music is different than that of gurmat sangeet.
The gurmat sangeet is being taught in the university since 2003. The subject is avaialble in BA (Honours) and MA. Masters in the sunject can be down in three strems-vocal, instrumental and tabla. Undergraduate and diploma courses are also avaialbel through distrance education.
"The university will request the UGC to include it as a different subject in NET-JRF as soon as possible. A formal request will be sent by next week," vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh told Hindustan Times, on the sidelines of launching the technical terminolgy of the subject, compiled by the department.
The V-C said that 'Rabindra music' (the songs writeen and sung by Rabindra Nath Tagore), which is being tought in West Bengal, had been recognised by the UGC a differetn subjec in NET-JRF a few years back.
As per claims of the Punjabi University, the gurmat sangeet had more potential for introduction in the NET-JRF since the subject was being tought in more than 50 foreign countries.
Currently as many as 21 students are pursuing PhD in gurmat sangeet.
"After the successful development of the subject, it will be a matter of pride for university as well as the Sikh community if we get UGC recognition for it," director, monitoring and planning, Davinder Singh said. He has been entrusted with the task to communicate with the UGC on this particular issue.
Earlier, the V-C released the "Gurmat Sangeet Terminology" in a book form, compiled by the department of gurmat sangeet of the university.
Gurnam Singh, HoD and chief editor of the compilation, while welcoming the guests said that the first edition of terminology had been finalised with an objective to make it easily adaptable in research and teaching.