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India ‘cow science’ examination delay amid ‘controversy over syllabus’

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Thursday’s examination postponed indefinitely after allegations of faux claims and pseudoscience.

A nationwide examination on “cow science” in India has been postponed indefinitely after widespread criticism over the propagation of unscientific claims concerning the animal, which is taken into account sacred by the nation’s Hindu majority.

The Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog (RKA) or Nationwide Cow Fee, arrange by the ruling Hindu nationalist authorities, was to organise the web examination on Thursday.

The syllabus for the examination sparked controversy, with media reporting that it contained unscientific claims akin to that cow milk has traces of gold in it and earthquakes happen on account of cow slaughter.

“The federal government’s animal husbandry division, underneath which the fee capabilities, shelved the examination due to the controversy and furore over the syllabus,” an official on the fee mentioned, requesting anonymity.

“The examination was the brainchild of RKA Chairman Vallabhbhai Kathiria whose time period ended on February 20. The division will supervise the fee until a brand new chairman is appointed,” he added.

The Hindu newspaper reported that the division had disowned the examination which promoted pretend claims and pseudoscience.

The fee had “no mandate” to conduct such an examination and any future consciousness programme could be carried out on a “scientific foundation,” the report mentioned, citing division officers.

The examination, geared toward selling and defending the cow, was open for youngsters and adults in addition to non-resident Indians, and was to be held in 12 regional languages apart from Hindi and English, officers mentioned.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Get together, which got here to energy in 2014, named safety of cows a precedence to shore up Hindu help amongst its electoral base.

The federal government launched programmes to analysis the makes use of of cow milk, dung and urine which, in keeping with historic Indian Ayurveda drugs, have therapeutic properties.

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