MBBS students in MP will now be taught about RSS and Jana Sangh founders in all medical colleges of Madhya Pradesh. According to the government, the principles of the country’s thinkers and value-based medical education are being included for the intellectual development of the students.

For this, the thinkers who have been included in the course include RSS founder Dr. Keshav Hedgewar, Jan Sangh founder Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, Maharishi Charak, Ayurveda scholar Acharya Sushruta and Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar.

In this regard, Madhya Pradesh’s Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang said that he had sent a notice to the department, after which all these thinkers have been included in this course.

They would be a part of all medical ethics lectures in the foundation course of MBBS, starting from this academic session of 2021-22.

What the minister said

“The medical council has decided to add an ethics lecture and so, students will be taught about the great men who protected the culture of this country and served the society,” said Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang.

“I feel that the students who want to become doctors after studying MBBS and serve the society should be taught about our great men,” he said.

On being asked why Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi not be included in this lecture, the minister said that only Nehru had been taught since independence.

“So we have taken up the responsibility of teaching about Hedgewar ji and Deendayal Upadhyay ji,” Vishwas Sarang said.

“Congress will say that we are saffronising education, so let me say that Hindutva is not just a religion but a way of life,” he said.

“If anyone thinks that teaching culture is saffronisation, then believe it is saffronisation. If imbibing the values of great men in our youth is saffronisation, then it is absolutely saffronisation,” he added.

This article first appeared on India Today