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Delhi University Academic Council meeting has decided to expel hardline religious scholar Mohammad Iqbal from Political Science course. It was included in the sixth semester BA paper titled Modern Indian Political Thought. Mohammad Iqbal is also considered to be equally responsible for partitioning the country as Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
In the council meeting, Mahatma Gandhi was also taken out of the fourth semester and admitted to the seventh semester. Instead of Gandhi, Veer Savarkar is taught in the fourth semester. This decision was taken despite opposition from members. In Friday’s council meeting, the syllabus for the fourth, fifth and sixth semester of various courses was discussed. Desk
Born in 1877 in Sialkot, undivided India, Iqbal wrote the famous song ‘Saare Jahan Se Accha’. He is often credited with giving the idea of Pakistan. Officials said the chapter titled ‘Modern Indian Political Thought’ is part of BA’s sixth semester syllabus. He said the matter is now being referred to the university’s board of directors, which will make a final decision.
A member of the Academic Council reports that a proposal has been submitted regarding changes to the Political Science syllabus. According to the proposal, there was a chapter on Iqbal, which has been removed from the syllabus. Meanwhile, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has welcomed the development.