Kerala University denies Saraswati Puja to students


Thiruvananthapuram, February 7: The CUSAT (Cochin University of Science and Technology) Kuttanad campus has turned down the requests of North Indian students who wanted to celebrate Saraswati Puja on the grounds that such a function cannot take place in the campus as “it is a secular place.” A few students had applied to the vice-chancellor writing that they wanted to celebrate the Saraswati Puja from February 9 to 11, 2019.

The vice-chancellor denied permission to the students and said that “it can’t permit functions of any particular religion.”

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 Joint Registrar,Cochin University of Science&Technology: VC has declined request by North Indian students to conduct ‘Saraswati Pooja’ in Cochin University College of Engineering, Kuttanad campus,as it’s a secular campus, can’t permit functions of any particular religion.

However, reports say that the Saraswati Puja was allowed on the campus until last year and the students are shocked to learn that they have been denied permission this time. The Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), is an autonomous but government-owned institution.

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  1. This is one the most ridiculous bans any University in the world would have imposed, that to for offering prayers to the very Godess of knowledge Ma Saraswati. Having checked their website their vision statement says ‘The University’s basic philosophy and goals find eloquent expression in its Coat of Arms emblazoning the motto “Tejaswinavadhitamastu” which in essence means “may the wisdom accrued defy us both the teacher and the taught and percolate to the Universe in its totality”, which in essence means “may learning illumine us both” (the teacher and the taught)’
    There is no mention of the dictate that it is a secular campus. As a young Engineer working in Oman in early 1980s I had to sufffer the indgination of not being able to even keep a small photo of Ram Sita for the fear of inspection by the local policce in our campus. The communist government of Kerala is naturally trying to harras Hindu students in their very basic right of worship. Why isn’t there mass protest and where are the so called luvvies barking at every tiny incident against Muslims (painting them as perinial victims) now writing letters of objection to the University registrar?