Varsity plans course to build ‘cohesive families’

Bhopal, September 15

Bhopal’s Barkatullah University (BU) is mulling a three-month certificate course based on “social and moral values” to “develop cohesive families”.

BU Vice-Chancellor DC Gupta said the course, expected to begin from the next academic session, would help girls more as they have to adjust with “another family after marriage”.

“It is wrong to say that this course is meant only for ‘bahus’ (daughters-in-law). But, it will benefit them (girls) more as they have to adjust to a new environment after marriage,” he said.

He added that the course will be open to all, including boys. He said the Psychology, Sociology and Women’s Studies departments of the varsity would design the course, adding that its modalities were still being worked out.

“We are planning to launch this course with a batch of 30 students. It would be mainly based on social and moral values. It is the need of the hour because families are disintegrating over petty issues,” Gupta said.Women’s Studies Department head Asha Shukla, however, said she was not aware of any such course being introduced in the varsity. State BJP spokesperson Rajo Malviya welcomed the announcement, saying, “What is wrong if girls and boys are imparted training before marriage?”

The Opposition Congress, however, called it drama and said universities should concentrate on professional courses for women and jobs for the unemployed.

“Family values come from within the family. It is taught in schools and families since childhood. Universities or the government should start professional courses for women and arrange for jobs for the unemployed,” said MP Congress media cell spokesperson Shobha Oza. — PTI

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