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Introduce anti-corruption topics in curriculum: UGC Directs Varsities

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Dehradun: University Grants Commission (UGC) has urged vice-chancellors of all universities and colleges to introduced topics related anti-corruption in their curriculum. Adding such topics, enable students to get an overview of concepts and framework of anti-corruption progressively.

According to TOI Reports, a letter undersigned by UGC secretary Jaspal S Sandhu, urged vice-chancellors of all the varsities to add anti-corruption related topics in the curriculum.

The proposal in this regard, has been based on the recommendation made by the Central Vigilance Commission's (CVC), which stated that the introduction of such topic would help to create an awareness among students.

Introduce anti-corruption topics: UGC to Varsities

Topics suggested to include:

Some of the topics suggested to introduce in the curriculum includes, about what is corruption, the adverse impact of corruption on society, how and whom to make a complaint regarding corrupt practices, chapters on topics such as Ethics, Vigilance, Anti Corruption, details of the organazations /agencies such as CVC, Central Bureau of Investigation, etc associated with anti corruption and how and whom to make complaints regarding corrupt practices.

The UGC'S contemplated to outreach its activities to create vigilance awareness, and had focused on reaching out to students in schools and college across the country, but noticed the lack of awareness among school and college students about the anti-corruption related topics.

"Definitely it is a good move by UGC and varsities certainly must introduce anti-corruption in their curriculum as the youngsters need to be promptly aware about ways to deal with increasing corruption in society. In fact, in our university we keep holding anti-corruption awareness sessions and students are also taught about the same in media studies," said Aabshar Abbasi,an assistant professor at Doon University.

The letter to Vice-Chancellor's also cites the fact that students are eager to know more about ethics, how to fight corruption and related issues and expanding their knowledge base. Acquainting them on such topics will help to stimulate students to be dedicated to the task of tackling corruption.

Besides this, letter also mentions quoting CVC, the apex integrity institution of the country, which observes Vigilance Awareness Week every year and also advises all Ministries/ Departments/Autonomous Organisations/Societies to observe the same, in the Vigilance Awareness Week observed during 26-31 October, 2015.

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