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AICTE, Mumbai University announce online workshop from 13 May to 17 May on 'Universal Human Values in Education'

The University of Mumbai in collaboration with AICTE (Western Region) will be organising an online workshop on 'Universal Human Values in Education' for institutions offering technical education.The workshop will commence on 13 May and end on 17 May. According to University of Mumbai, the workshop is of paramount significance to continue learning process amid COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown.The workshop will be conducted in Hindi and English. The morning session will be from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and the evening session will be from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.File image of Mumbai University. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons “To understand the basics of value education an online workshop is being organized exclusively for the Vice Chancellors of Technical Universities and University Coordinators appointed for coordinating the activities related to FDPs on Student Induction Programme,” the circular said.The workshop is specifically designed for sharing All India Council for Technical Edu…

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Kerala Police has filed an FIR against Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary for 'offending religious beliefs' on his TV shows via a specious chart where he schooled his viewers on different forms of Jihad while accusing the Muslim community of having launched a conspiracy to divide India into pieces, reports said.

According to Chaudhary, who shared the FIR on his Twitter profile, the Kerala Police has booked him under non-bailable sections of the IPC.

Quoting the FIR, a report in The Quint said that Chaudhary has been accused of presenting a programme that offends the sentiments Muslim community.

The programme named DNA, where Chaudhary made the "insulting" remarks, was aired on 11 March 2020 on Zee News TV.

In the programme, Chaudhary claims that "conservative" and "idelogical" jihad are the two main types of jihad. While the first category included "population jihad", "love jihad", "land jihad", "education jihad", "victim jihad" and "direct jihad", the second category included "economic jihad", "history jihad" and "media jihad" among others.

Here's a clip of the five-minute programme:

Chaudhary, however, has responded to the FIR by terming it a "Pulitzer" for "reporting the truth" and an award for exposing "inconvenient facts". He also said that the FIR was a "A clear message for media. If you don’t toe the decades old pseudo-secular line you’ll be behind bars." 

He then goes on to add: "This is the price for daring to speak against #ZameenJihad in Jammu, #LoveJihad in Kerala, PFI funding of CAA protests, and for daring to enter Shaheen Bagh. I have all the respect for the law but these tactics won’t stop me. Bring it on! (sic)"

The chart, however, was reportedly lifted from a five-year-old Facebook post, according to a NewsLaundry article.

"He lifted the flowchart from a Facebook page called “Boycott Halal In India”. He did make the effort to translate it in Hindi, however, if that counts for anything," the article adds.

According to The Wire, the case was registered under Section 295A of the IPC "following a complaint by advocate P Gavas, state secretary of the All India Youth Federation, an organisation affiliated to the Communist Party of India".

Section 295A applies on deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs. A person can be punished with up to three years in prison, or a fine, or both, under the section.



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