Sharda University in Greater Noida has issued a detailed show-cause notice to professor Waqas Farooq Kuttay for including a Hinduphobic question in the first-year BA political science paper. He has reportedly been suspended by the University.
Question 6 in section B of the political science paper on the subject of Political Ideologies read, “Do you find any similarities between Fascism/Nazism and Hindu right-wing (Hindutva)? Elaborate with the argument.”
As photos of the question paper went viral, University authorities swung into action. They took cognizance of the issue and initiated action against the Kuttay.
“While the university has constituted a three-member committee of senior faculty members to look into the possibility of bias in the questions asked from the 1st year BA Political Science (Hons) students, pending this inquiry, the university has suspended the faculty concerned, Mr. Waqas Farooq Kuttay, Assistant Professor (Ad Hoc). The university regrets that such an incident has taken place that may have the potential for fomenting social discord,” a statement issued by the university on Friday read.
The statement also stated that it found the question objectionable and that examiners will ignore it for the purpose of awarding marks. The authorities also said that they are “totally averse to any line of thought which distorts the great national identity and the inclusive culture inherent in our national ethos”.
The decision to issue a show-cause notice to Kuttay was taken by a three-member faculty committee in its meeting on Saturday afternoon.
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