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Plea on Vedic astrology in apex court

New Delhi, Sept. 13: After approving the new syllabus in schools, the Supreme Court today issued notices on a petition challenging introduction of “Vedic astrology” as a subject in universities.

A division bench admitted a public interest litigation in special leave challenging the order of Andhra Pradesh High Court that had dismissed the writ. While a three-judge bench upheld the change yesterday, the court today said the matter was justiciable. “The other case involved change of syllabus in schools. The current petition is about introduction of a subject like Vedic astrology in universities,” said a lawyer.

Prof. P.M. Bhargava and two others challenged the introduction by the UGC, as “it is not real science but a pseudo science based on imaginary assumptions”. It was anti-secular and unconstitutional, they argued.

The petitioners said public funds should not be allowed to be spent on teaching of a subject “based on illogical and irrational calculations” and sought quashing of the order of the UGC introducing the subject.

The petitioners also contended that any such study (like Vedic astrology) would “affect the scientific temperament” of the students.

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