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At This Pune University, Gold Medal Only For Vegetarians And Teetotalers

At This Pune University, Gold Medal Only For Vegetarians And Teetotalers”

Apart from that the circular also states conditions like that students applying for the award should have a knowledge of the Indian culture and he or she should be following the culture in his daily life.

The Savitribai Phule Pune University, in its new set of rules, announced that those students, who are vegetarians and abstinent from alcohol, will be considered eligible for Maharishi Keertankar Shelar Mama Gold Medal. "Since all the awards are sponsored by outsiders, we follow their terms and conditions", a top official said. The university has no view in who should eat what.

While the teetotaller clause may be understood as the legal age of drinking in Maharashtra is 25, the clause of being a vegetarian has lead to students asserting that the varsity is trying to push "a certain ideology".

The candidates for the Shelar Mama gold medal have to send in their applications by November 15.

According to the Newspaper, The list states that not only should the student be a proponent of Indian culture and ethics but should also be - a vegetarian and a teetotaler.

As per the university tradition, the medal will be given at SPPU's convocation ceremony, scheduled for December. The award, which has a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and is awarded to for postgraduate students in non-science streams, has clauses for excellence in sports and a strong emphasis on social work.

When contacted, Arvind Shaligram, registrar, SPPU, said the university has been awarding this gold medal since 2006. "As far as setting up the terms and conditions in the circular, the varsity has nothing to do with this as the terms and conditions in the circular were not drafted by the university". Sule added that universities should focus on education and not on the nature of food.

While several people have argued that the circular is an old one and was issued ten years ago, the number of the circular number is 225/2017 clearly indicating that the circular was issued this year itself. "If the rules and regulations have to be changed now, it has to be done by the academic council", he noted.



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