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Beef Cooking Course Sparks Row in BHU; Protest Mars Varanasi

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By: Akshay Razdan | VARANASI
Updated: October 22, 2022 12:29
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A group of students staged a protest on Thursday in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus over two “objectionable” questions pertaining to “beef” asked in an exam paper.

The questions were asked in the second semester examination of the Bachelor of Vocation course in Catering Technology and Hotel Management, held on Wednesday, sparking a row.

One question in the paper read: “Write a classification of beef. Define.” and another question read: “ Another question read: What is used in making stock? (a) Water (b) Bouillon (c) Beef broth (d) Chicken broth.”

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As the protests grew in intensity, a team of police was deployed at the protest site to prevent the situation from going out of control.

The BHU administration put out an official statement urging students to maintain peace and order in the campus. The statement said, “The questions asked in the semester exam were taken from the curriculum which has been prepared in line with the curricula of the other prestigious institutions of Hotel Management in the country. The curriculum in BHU courses are prepared with an aim to ensure that students are ready for career and professional challenges as they face job interviews after completing university education. It is unfortunate that a controversy is being created out of a non issue. BHU has issued an appeal to not disturb the teaching-learning and harmonious atmosphere of the campus.”

An official staff of the BHU administration received a threat call after issuing the statement. Asst. PRO Chandra Shekhar said, “I received the phone call on my official number at 1:24 PM on Thursday after I had issued the official statement”, adding that the caller made threats to him and used foul language against the Vice Chancellor.

In Uttar Pradesh, the law prohibits one to store or eat beef. It carries a punishment of 7 years’ jail and/or Rs 10,000 fine. However, there is a caveat. One can import beef in sealed containers, to be served to foreigners. No such legal constraints apply on Buffalo’s meat.

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