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Ramayana, Gita should be taught in schools: Culture minister

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New Delhi: The Ramayana and the Gita are not religious texts and should be taught in schools, according to union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.

Sharma said that including the Ramayana and the Gita in school curriculum was an attempt to inculcate spiritual and cultural values in children.

“It is an attempt to teach spiritual values to children. Ramayana is a way of life and it tells stories about many relationships – son and father, wife and husband and brother and brother. Likewise Gita is the knowledge given by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. These are not religious texts,” Sharma told IANS in an interview here.

The minister further said that the importance of these texts are recognised even in countries like Indonesia and Mauritius. “Ramayana is a great book and its importance is being recognised in Indonesia and even Mauritius. These countries have set up Ramayana centres. It’s high time we recognise their value,” added Sharma.

Denying reports of him saying that the Bible and the Quran are not central to India’s soul, Sharma said that he respects all religions and had been misquoted. However, he stressed that while the Bible and the Quran are religious texts, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana are not.

“I respect all religions. Bible is a religious text of Christians and Quran is a religious text of Muslims. Gita never advocates the worship of any God or religion. They are karma granths. But Bible and Quran preach to worship a particular God and religion. They are specific religious text for religions,” said Sharma.

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb meeting with Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture during the Australian Business in India Week.
Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma

The minister had recently stoked controversy by saying that western culture is making inroads into Indian culture and polluting it.

Talking about the foreign culture, the minister said that young people should learn Indian languages like Sanskrit and Hindi to fight the “cultural pollution”.

Sharma said that he wanted students to emphasise on learning Indian languages. “It is a shame that students learn German and Spanish before learning Sanskrit or Hindi. I would like to term it a cultural pollution. Hindi is an optional language in many schools now. Sanskrit and Hindi should be made compulsory in all schools,” he said.

Recently, the culture ministry’s decision to revamp Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) sparked controversy as Congress leaders and many historians termed it an attempt to tamper with India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru’s legacy. Contesting the charge, the minister said, “We are trying to preserve and acquire documents of nationalist leaders of modern India. The museum is not about one person,” Sharma said.

The ministry also has plans to re-examine the appointment of Mahesh Rangarajan as the director of NMML, the minister said. “There are certain irregularities in the appointment. The appointment was made despite the EC’s order to the Culture ministry on May 12, 2014 asking it to postpone the appointment of Rangarajan,” the minister said.

Rangarajan’s appointment was approved by the UPA on May 14, two days after the last day of polling – when the Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct ceases to be operational. The minister added that Rangarajan took charge as director on May 19, 2014. “We will re-examine his appointment,” the minister said.

-By Preetha Nair (IANS)

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Why Study MBA in Canada

According to the national statistics office, the number of migrants entering Canada has grown from 250,000 last year to around 300,000 this year

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Canada has a globally recognized world-class education system and is considered one of the best places to pursue MBA. Pixabay

Canada has a highly diverse population and features a wide range of industries, world-class metropolitan cities, and most importantly internationally accredited business schools. Students can pursue a master’s in business administration with a specialized degree in finance, consulting or marketing. There are a lot of career opportunities in Canada, students can find work anywhere from the country’s financial services to any other sector. Many international students who study in the country receive their work visa just after completing their studies and can even expect to get a permanent residency after completing their studies. There are numerous benefits of doing MBA in Canada such as:

Quality education: Canada has a globally recognized world-class education system and is considered one of the best places to pursue MBA. Each year Canada attracts thousands of students from abroad. Its high academic standards and rigorous quality controls reflect the high-quality education provided which helps in successful and long term career plans.

Low tuition cost: Canada is often preferred choice for students because of the low tuition costs. Many organizations provide benefits to the students to pursue their studies successfully. The tuition fee that you pay may vary depending on where you choose to study. It is a developed country with a high-income economy and a successful government which makes it a fantastic place to live and study.

Multicultural experience: Universities come up with different events so that the students can mingle with multicultural people on and off the campus. Even though it is a mixed society but the universities and the government as well are trying to make sure that there won’t be any problems of race and color. They encourage multi-cultural integration and Canada has a national policy for multiculturalism and works to ensure that people’s customs and traditions are preserved and respected.

Research: The study programs delivered by Canadian universities are more focused on research where students get to engage in interesting experiments and projects which are meant to provide students with an innovative study experience.

Internship programs: There are plentiful opportunities for business students who can combine academics with an internship or work experience in the field of your study which in turn can diversify and develop your professional skills.

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Students can pursue a master’s in business administration with a specialized degree in finance, consulting or marketing. Pixabay

Multilingual: English and French are the official languages of Canada and it has become a multilingual country with the arrival of so many people from different nationalities with so many languages, religions, and cultures. It is a great opportunity for the students to learn different languages. Students can enrich their linguistic and communicative skills while being enrolled in a Canadian university.

Immigration: According to the national statistics office, the number of migrants entering Canada has grown from 250,000 last year to around 300,000 this year. On account of the open door policy of Canada, immigrants and their descendants have made immeasurable contributions to Canada’s economy. After completing their studies, students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience can apply for permanent residency.

Beautiful landscape: Canada has spectacular scenery, landscapes that can be explored throughout the year. The cold season provides a great opportunity for dedicated skiers and ice skaters to practice their sport in majestic surroundings.

Canada has a highly diverse population and features a wide range of industries, world-class metropolitan cities, and most importantly internationally accredited business schools. Students can pursue a master’s in business administration with a specialized degree in finance, consulting or marketing. There are a lot of career opportunities in Canada, students can find work anywhere from the country’s financial services to any other sector. Many international students who study in the country receive their work visa just after completing their studies and can even expect to get a permanent residency after completing their studies. There are numerous benefits of doing MBA in Canada such as:

Quality education: Canada has a globally recognized world-class education system and is considered one of the best places to pursue MBA. Each year Canada attracts thousands of students from abroad. Its high academic standards and rigorous quality controls reflect the high-quality education provided which helps in successful and long term career plans.

Low tuition cost: Canada is often preferred choice for students because of the low tuition costs. Many organizations provide benefits to the students to pursue their studies successfully. The tuition fee that you pay may vary depending on where you choose to study. It is a developed country with a high-income economy and a successful government which makes it a fantastic place to live and study.

Multicultural experience: Universities come up with different events so that the students can mingle with multicultural people on and off the campus. Even though it is a mixed society but the universities and the government as well are trying to make sure that there won’t be any problems of race and color. They encourage multi-cultural integration and Canada has a national policy for multiculturalism and works to ensure that people’s customs and traditions are preserved and respected.

Research: The study programs delivered by Canadian universities are more focused on research where students get to engage in interesting experiments and projects which are meant to provide students with an innovative study experience.

Internship programs: There are plentiful opportunities for business students who can combine academics with an internship or work experience in the field of your study which in turn can diversify and develop your professional skills.

Multilingual: English and French are the official languages of Canada and it has become a multilingual country with the arrival of so many people from different nationalities with so many languages, religions, and cultures. It is a great opportunity for the students to learn different languages. Students can enrich their linguistic and communicative skills while being enrolled in a Canadian university.

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Canada has a highly diverse population and features a wide range of industries, world-class metropolitan cities, and most importantly internationally accredited business schools. Pixabay

Immigration: According to the national statistics office, the number of migrants entering Canada has grown from 250,000 last year to around 300,000 this year. On account of the open door policy of Canada, immigrants and their descendants have made immeasurable contributions to Canada’s economy. After completing their studies, students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience can apply for permanent residency.

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Beautiful landscape: Canada has spectacular scenery, landscapes that can be explored throughout the year. The cold season provides a great opportunity for dedicated skiers and ice skaters to practice their sport in majestic surroundings.