DU Academic Council to discuss proposal to introduce Manusmriti in LLB tomorrow

The Faculty of Law has sought approval from the highest decision-making body of DU to revise the syllabus of its first and third-year students to teach them Manusmriti
Faculty of Law has sought approval from the academic council
Faculty of Law has sought approval from the academic council(Image: EdexLive Desk)

Delhi University’s (DU) Academic Council is slated to discuss a proposal to teach Manusmriti to LLB students in a meeting on Friday, July 12. The move has drawn criticism from a section of teachers, according to a report by PTI.

The Faculty of Law has sought approval from the highest decision-making body of DU to revise the syllabus of its first and third-year students to teach them Manusmriti.

The changes in the syllabus of the jurisprudence paper pertain to semesters one and six of LLB.

According to the revisions, two readings on Manusmriti — Manusmriti with the Manubhasya of Medhatithi by G N Jha and Commentary of Manu Smriti - Smritichandrika by T Kristnasawmi Iyer — are proposed to be introduced for the students.

The decision to suggest the revisions was unanimously approved in a June 24 meeting of the faculty's Course Committee headed by its dean Anju Vali Tikoo, according to the minutes of the meeting.

Objecting to the move, the Left-backed Social Democratic Teachers Front (SDTF) has written to DU Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh stating that the manuscript propagates a "regressive" outlook towards the rights of women and the marginalised communities and that it is against a "progressive education system".

In a letter to Singh, SDTF General Secretary SS Barwal and Chairperson SK Sagar said recommending Manusmriti to students as a suggested reading "is highly objectionable as this text is adverse to the progress and education of women and marginalised communities in India".

"In Manusmriti, in several sections, it opposes women's education and equal rights. Introduction of any section or part of Manusmriti is against the basic structure of our Constitution and principles of Indian Constitution," the letter read.

The SDTF demanded that the proposal be immediately withdrawn and it should not be approved in the Academic Council's meeting scheduled to be held on July 12, added PTI.

It further requested the vice-chancellor to issue an order to the law faculty and the concerned staff members to continue teaching the paper jurisprudence based on the existing syllabus.

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