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Universities should develop scientific & rational thinking, not religious & conservative ideas: Siddaramaiah

August 22, 2023

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah underscored the imperative for universities to cultivate scientific and logical reasoning within graduates, thereby preventing them from being swayed by considerations of caste, religion, or language.

During his address to vice-chancellors and officials of the Higher Education department at Vidhana Soudha, Siddaramaiah stressed that achieving a uniform education system across our diverse country, characterized by various languages and cultures, remains an impractical endeavor, as highlighted in a statement released by the CM’s office.

The statement quoted Siddaramaiah as affirming, “Any activities and actions that contravene the Indian Constitution should find no place within universities. If university graduates remain oblivious to their castes and are still confined by them, then what they’ve gained cannot truly be labeled as education.”

Siddaramaiah asserted that the education imparted within universities must be characterized by scientific and logical principles, not by religious or conservative ideologies.

He also noted his observation of certain events and ceremonies held in certain universities that seek to undermine the contributions of freedom fighters, drafters of the constitution, and social thinkers.

The Chief Minister advocated against rewarding anti-secularist ideologies, as they hold the potential to sway students’ perspectives. Such initiatives, he stressed, must be avoided, as they hinder the progress of society if higher education deviates from its rightful trajectory.

Furthermore, Siddaramaiah expressed the view that the outcomes of research should not be confined to library shelves but should instead permeate society and have a tangible impact.

Also read: Karnataka: School teacher suspended over FB post against CM Siddaramaiah

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