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Now, University of Rajasthan’s BBA students to study epics, yoga, spirituality in final year

The varsity decision comes a year after lessons from Indian epics were added to PG courses.

jaipur Updated: Jul 09, 2017 20:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The new paper has dimensions of Vedic management, Bhagwad Gita, Ramayana and Kautilya’s Arthashastra in it’s syllabus. (Wiki Commons)

Final year students of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at the University of Rajasthan (RU) will have to write a new paper from this academic session. The paper on ‘Indian management thought and business leaders’ will have five units, said Naveen Mathur, professor of business administration at the university.

Last year, the university had incorporated lessons from the Indian epics in the syllabus of MCom (Business Administration), Master of Human Resource Management and Master of International Business.

The first unit of the new paper includes topics such as spirituality, Indian ethos and values, western values vis-à-vis Indian values and applications of yoga in management. The second unit has dimensions of Vedic management, Bhagwad Gita, Ramayana and Kautilya’s Arthashastra and the third unit deals with Indian thinkers such as Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi, SK Chakraborty and CK Prahlad.

The fourth and fifth units of the paper are devoted to Indian business leaders including JRD Tata, RK Bajaj, GD Birla, Dhirubhai Ambani, Narayana Murthy, Azim Premji, Lakshmi Mittal and Sunil Bharti Mittal.

The university has also recommended six books for the BBA final year students. Among the recommended books are publications such as Vedic Management by S Khanna and Bhagwad Gita As Viewed by Swami Vivekananda.

The addition in the BBA syllabus was made in the last academic session, but will find its way into the books from this session. Mathur, who was also the convener of the department’s board of studies that took the decision, said that India has a rich intellectual history and it’s imperative to acquaint students with that history.

“In addition, we need to subvert the Macaulay’s system that is prevalent even today, years after the British rule ended,” said Mathur.

Macaulay, a British academic, was instrumental in introducing English and western concepts to education in India during mid nineteenth century. The knighted Britisher was known to be condescending towards Indian texts.

While the Indian epics and thinkers are only additions in the BBA, some western thinkers were compromised to accommodate the Indian epics and thinkers in the postgraduate courses.

First Published: Jul 09, 2017 20:09 IST