PGD in Gandhian studies in demand at University

The life of Mahatma Gandhi is attracting more youngsters.

Published: 02nd October 2013 08:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd October 2013 08:31 AM   |  A+A-

The life of Mahatma Gandhi is attracting more youngsters.

As evidence, the Centre for Gandhian Studies at Bangalore University is receiving more applications for admission every year.

According to the data available with the university, more people are showing interest in the Post-graduate Diploma (PGD)  in Gandhian Studies.

This year, the university has received more than 36 applications for 21 seats.

“We admit 21 students for this course every year. For the last two years, we are getting more applications. We had received more than 35 applications last year also,” the centre’s head Jeevan Kumar told Express.

Surprisingly, more professionals are coming forward to take up the course, Kumar said.

“This year, we have software professionals and bank employees. Last year, we had two doctors. The demand is increasing every year,” he added.

The university started this course as an add-on for the students studying in 2007. Now it is attracting more professionals, Kumar said.

The duration of the course is 10 months and the fee is `550.

There are three papers: Life and Times of Gandhi, Social Moral and Education Philosophy of Gandhi and Political and Relegious Philosophy of Gandhi.

However, studying the course will not provide any job opportunities, but people are going just to know about Gandhi’s life, Kumar observed.

‘Happy that I Have Got the Seat’

“I wanted to study Gandhiji for a long time. Recently, I got to know about the Bangalore University’s P G Diploma course and I am happy that I have got the seat,” a corporate professional who has joined the course said.

As part of the course, students will get a chance to interact with freedom fighters like H S Doreswamy and Ho Srinivasaiah, Kumar said.

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