Journalism varsity in controversy over proposed ‘gaushala’ in campus

BHOPAL/NOIDA: The decision to build a gaushala at the premises of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication (MCU) at it new campus, which is being built in Bishankhedi on the outskirts of Bhopal, has drawn mixed reactions from its alumni community.

While some of the former students have supported the move conceptualised by the communications veteran and varsity’s vice-chancellor professor Brij Kishor Kuthiala, a lot of them have denounced the move.

However, most of them questioned the intention of the university administration and emphasised on students’ welfare.

Zaigham Imam, a Mumbai-based film director, known for his feature film ‘Alif’, and an alumnus of the university said, “I don’t want to make any political comment.

I would like to say that the university administration must set its priorities. First, the varsity should avail essential facilities to its students ranging from modern studio, cameras and other equipment to placement.

After that, if varsity wants to do rear cows, one should not have any issue.”

Ramsharan Joshi, former director at MCU Noida campus, expressed his anguish on Facebook. “When people can come up with ideas like putting tanks in JNU campus to invoke nationalism, why are we astonished over opening of a cowshed in the campus?” he wrote on the social media platform.

“Places like Rashtrapati Bhawan, Vice-president house, Nehru Museum and Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra have ample space. I humbly request to open cowsheds in these places as well…after all we have to make a ‘New India’,” he added.

He took a dig at the VC saying, “Cabinet ministers and bureaucrats own big bungalows. Why shouldn’t we rear some cow mothers out there? Even the VC could be appointed as their OSD (Officer on Special Duty) to perform this job.”

The VC was widely criticised for implementing the ‘RSS agenda’ in the university after media reported the proposed move.

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