Lucknow: The ongoing exams of Lucknow University sparked controversy with its question paper of B.Com third year for the subject Applied Economics in which 70 percent of the question paper was based on NDA Government’s schemes, a move allegedly ordered by the NDA government.
Some students also call it a BJP agenda while the varsity denied the allegations claiming the question were related to the subject.
While opposition parties took this opportunity to lash out Modi Government.
The question purportedly asked in Applied Economics paper of B.Com third year on the 17th March 2018, was to answer four out of these ten topics: Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna, Digital India, Deendayal Upadhayaya Gram Jyoti Yojna, Soil Health Card Scheme, Startup India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, Seasonal Unemployment, Causes of Industrial sickness and MNREGA- of these 10, seven questions are related to NDA Government schemes.
And further investigating into the matter, it was learnt that the teacher who set the question paper was directly connected with the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party, News18 reports.
Clarifying the matter, Lucknow University Vice-Chancellor SP Singh said, “All the questions are related to the subject. All the dimensions of Indian economy are inter-related with the decisions and schemes taken by the central governments. At first glance, all the questions seem related to the subject to me. The questions papers are made by a committee.”
Whereas, Samajawadi Party spokesperson Anil Yadav alleged that such acts by varsities officials are only to gain brownie points from the NDA government.
“Earlier too there was a protest from student when CM Yogi Adityanath was invited in a function which was organized on university funds. The types of questions asked in Economics paper are more of propaganda of central government schemes and have nothing to do with the course,” he said.
He adds, “Next year the general elections are due in the country and that why such propaganda is being done, the government is using educational institutions as a weapon for their propaganda,” he added.
Congress Spokesperson Zishan Haider said, “By giving such questions in Applied Economics exams, you can very well understand the mentality of the teachers who are doing it. This is height of boot-licking, today some teachers at Lucknow University are just doing marketing for the ruling party,” News18 reported.