Barkatullah University in Bhopal is set to launch a short term course to train women to become a ‘sanskari bahu’ (perfect bride). The university holds the belief that this course will being women a step closer to “empowerment”.
As quoted by a national tabloid TOI, vice-chancellor Prof D C Gupta explained the object behind the course saying, “The course will make girls aware so that they can adjust to the new environment after marriage.” “As a university, we have a few responsibilities towards society as well. We should not be limited to academics alone. Our objective is to prepare such brides who will keep families intact,” said Prof Gupta.
The three-month course will be launched from the next academic session, in the departments of psychology, sociology and women’s studies as a pilot project. In the first batch, 30 girls will be admitted. Criteria and minimum educational qualification needed to apply for the course is not yet finalised.
Asked about the content of the syllabus, Prof Gupta said, “We will include various related topics from sociology, psychology and such. Our aim is that after completing the courses, girls should be in a better position to understand the dynamics of families. It is our effort to bring about a positive change in society.”
Despite many hailing the concept initiated by Barkatullah professors, several educationists are not convinced with the ides and rather trash it calling ‘funny idea’. A retired professor HS Yadav said in a statement, “This is a funny idea, if BU indeed plans to implement it. The bigger need is to improve infrastructure, exams, and classes; and address the demands of students instead of venturing into such courses.”