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Petition to Shri Narendra Modiji, Shri Prakash Javadekarji, Shri K J Alphonsji, Dr Shri Satyapal Singhji, Shri Dharmendra Pradhanji

Degree for Vegetarians in Hotel/Hospitality Management Courses

  DEGREE FOR VEGETARIAN’S IN HOTEL MANAGEMENT COURSES Around the globe and also in India there are various religions, races, communities, castes and human groups which prefer eating vegetarian food only. Some Religions and communities are Vegetarian only. In India, majority of people are Pure Vegetarians, some are Non-Vegetarians while others are occasional non-vegetarians. Learning to prepare non-vegetarian food was compulsory in Hotel Management Degree Course till recently. In this reference, there was no option available to the students other than to practically prepare and present the non-vegetarian food. Students coming from Vegetarian Families who were inclined towards this esteemed course were deprived admission by their parents. As separate degree or option is now created, the students who were joining the present mixed (Veg and Non-veg) courses shall be indirectly prevented from eating or becoming non-vegetarian as against the wishes of their own, families and religion. Recently, Ministry of Tourism has given option of “learning Vegetarian only” in 6 Institutions it is running at Gandhinagar, Bhopal, Jaipur, Chennai, Hajipur and Shillong ( In fact specific seats are reserved for Vegetarian Students) has announced that similar option will be given in rest of institutes it is running all over India. but still not available in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata and other cities. One estimate there are more than 2,000 colleges in India and you don't have option in these Institutes It is strongly suggested that there should be an option of “learning Vegetarian only” in present degree course for Vegetarians in Hotel Management Studies in all the Institutions whether run by Government or Deemed Universities, by State Governments or by private Hotel Management Education Institutions. Such change is highly recommended as it is the need of society. Such a degree at all institutions will not only be a boost for the students but it will also benefit the Hotel and Tourism Industry, by getting qualified intelligent Vegetarian Chefs and staff in India and all over world. In this Course, students have to study in more than 40 different subjects like Accommodation, Laws, Travel & Tourism, HR Management, Accounting, etc. out of which Culinary Skills (Cooking) is one of the specialized areas. So, the Vegetarian students were not only losing the Opportunity to learn this skill but they even cannot learn other subjects and were deprived of having their career in those areas. Once this option is introduced at all places, then various people around the world can enjoy different and new delicacies of Vegetarian dishes. Many Renowned chains of Hotel, airline companies and passenger cruises operating internationally serve pure vegetarian food during stay and travel, can provide it with authenticity. Also , the Government initiatives like Skill Development, Swatch Bharat, Healthy India, etc will get big booster by bringing this option in Hotel / Hospitality Management Institutions In this regards, I appeal you to use your good offices to support the cause and bring a “Degree for Vegetarians in Hotel Management Course” in reality by pursuing the need to Heads of Governments, Education, Tourism Ministers, AICTE, NCHMCT, Universities and other concerned authorities at all levels.  CA Chandrashekhar R Luniya,Pune. M : 098222 57474 Email:

CA Chandrashekhar Luniya
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Petition to Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India (@HRDMinistry), Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar)

Opinions of the Minority Community about the Draft National Education Policy 2016

We bring to your attention the Draft National Education Policy 2016 published by the MHRD, Govt. of India and the apprehensions of the minortiy community in general and Christians in particular. A closer look at the new education policy reveals that Yoga is to be made compulsory and facilities for the same are mandatory for educational institutions to get recognition Sanskrit and Indian culture are proposed to be made mandatory in the curriculum.  Introduction of Moral values is also a veiled attempt to teach one particular religious book in value classes. The preamble of the draft eulogizes the ancient patriarchal gurukul system, and praises the contributions of male hindu scholars of the past and of hindu leaders in modern India. The draft does not give any credit to the immense historic and continuing contribution of the Church to education in Indian society. The Church has been making a very valuable positive impact to school, college and professional education through its thousands of institutions in the country. The NEP 2016 policy mentions names of Gokhale, Ram Mohan Roy, Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya and Gandhiji who worked for better education for the people of India but has ignored - Sir Sayed who founded Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College in 1875   William Carey who founded the Sirampore University and who was the inspiration to Raja Ram MohanRoy. Inception of English Medium Schooling through the missionaries of the West. History should not be distorted and the education system should not be communalized. The Government must be sensitive to the pluralistic multicultural, multi-religious context of the country, before imposing any centralized system of education for it to be truly inclusive. The draft is ambiguous on its definition of Value Education. What is value education? What it should be? Values are the priorities which individuals and societies attach to certain beliefs, experiences, and objects, in deciding how they shall live and what they shall treasure. What is the basis of the Values that the Government is trying to introduce? Cultural? Religious? …?? The draft with its emphasis on governance and administration through a hierarchy of offices at state division, district, block and schools gives rise to the fear of the imposition of a centralized system of education which takes away the freedom and dynamism of minority-run institutions and individual schools. The draft talks about introducing the study of Indian Culture. Again this is an open ended inclusion in the draft which can be used to introduce books of religious significance in the name and garb of Culture. To achieve social inclusiveness and national integration, curriculum should reflect the plural culture of India. The minority community's views and apprehensions don’t seem to be taken into consideration while formulating the draft. The government must have a special consultation of intellectuals, academicians from members of minority community and with minority educational Institutions before finalizing the draft. So, at a time when the fabric of the education system is being distorted we have signed this petition so as to ensure we have a well informed non based education system that would enable the next generation to make healthy choices.

Oliver Rayi
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Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Prakash Javadekar

Provide common better quality education before common examination

Though India is a single country, we have 29 states and 7 union territories which are different from each other in many aspects. Let me just highlight two aspects here, relative to this topic. Educational boards : There are 55 boards of education in India. Of all the boards of same level, no two boards have same syllabus. When syllabi/boards are different from each other, is it fair to have a exam based on one particular syllabus? Till May 2016, number of CBSE syllabus based schools in India are 17,093 only. Is it enough for a country with population of 1.3 billion? Let me take Tamilnadu for example (Tamilnadu because it is easy for me to collect data). There are 55,667 Government/Private schools in Tamilnadu (By 2012), out of which 5660 schools are higher secondary. All of them have same higher secondary syllabus as your higher secondary mark is used for college admissions across state. Now, if we take CBSE schools in Tamilnadu.. There are only 499 CBSE schools in Tamilnadu (By 2013-14), out of which 122 are present in Chennai itself (FYI : Apart from Chennai there are 31 districts in Tamilnadu). The ratio of CBSE schools to stateboard schools is almost 1:112. So, among 113 schools, students of 1 school have little privilege that the students of other 112 schools have (I am not saying they are 100% privileged or only they can crack NEET, but they have better start / better chance). Is it fair? The same holds true for almost all states!   Social and Economic Status : When there is not many CBSE schools available, and the chance to crack a national level is hanging in balance, next stop is coaching centers. Now, there is a huge economical and social difference in this country. I don't have to present the data for social difference as well all already know that every region has it's own caste/religion differences. I will just share some data about economical difference. Per capita income in Goa is 4,66,632 whereas the per capita income in Bihar is 63,200 (Proof here). Percentage of people below poverty line is just 5.09% in Goa, 7.05 in Kerala whereas it is 39.93 in Chhattisgarh. My question is simple. Can the students from Chhattisgarh/Bihar have same chance in getting proper coaching as like students from Goa/Kerala? When people are from different education system, different social and economic backgrounds, there is no point in testing them using a common exam. What I think as a solution : Equalizing social/economic status is almost impossible, at least for next couple of years. But equalizing education is possible! Every state's syllabus is based on various factors specific to that state. For example, if Tamilnadu students ready about Bharathi in detail, Bengal students will read about Tagore in detail. So changing the state syllabi is like destroying their identity. But.. For the sake of this national level exam.. Why can't we have a high standard, good quality, higher secondary syllabus, common across India? Let the students study their state oriented syllabus till 10th grade. Then, let them study a common syllabus for next two years and appear for a common exam (NEET or any other such exams that might pop-up in future). This will provide every student in this country a common platform to develop themselves before they take a test to pursue their dreams. While designing that syllabus, it would be better if the designing committee consists of scholars from all states of this country. This will provide opportunity for everybody to contribute to this new system and the created system will have the ideas of various scholars from different background! Common education. Common exam.    I have written almost same in my blog as well, along with proofs for data I mentioned above. If you have any doubt regarding the data I presented above, you can verify the data there.

Sampath Nellaiappan
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