A university in Bhopal recently floated a tender inviting proposals to build a cow shelter within its campus. The university -- which specialises in teaching students journalism and communications -- is setting up a new campus on the outskirts of Bhopal where they want to build a 'gaushala' that'll house cows of Indian breed.
Lajpat Ahuja, the rector of Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Evam Sanchar Vishwavidyalaya, told The Telegraph that the new campus being built will have residential quarters for students and officials. He added that the decision on what all the campus will have was taken two years back in a meeting chaired by Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Chouhan.
"There will be a lot of residential quarters and hostels. The gaushala is being created to produce milk for the inmates. The cow dung can be used to generate bio-gas and grow vegetables on a small patch of land," Ahuja told Telegraph.
A university official told News18 Hindi that the land on which the cow shelter is being built is unfit for any other construction and runs along a nullah.
However, some students don't seem to be happy with the development. Outlook quotes a student saying, "It is a shame that the university has no good books in the library, good camera equipment in the studios or good computers, it is planning to set up a cow shelter."
Outlook adds that this isn't the first time the university has landed in a controversy. In the past, it's Vice-Chancellor BK Kuthiala apparently replaced a course on Nehruvian socialism with one on the ideals of Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
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