Options offered by several West Bengal colleges

PUBLISH DATE 3rd June 2019

The choice was taken after a few degree course competitors began questioning the need to pronounce their religious character while looking for admissions to universities. 

At any rate 50 of schools in West Bengal, incorporating a couple in the city, have included 'mankind', 'freethinker', 'mainstream' and 'non-religious' alternatives in the religion section of online admission forms for students who are reluctant to reveal their faith. This permits students applying for college classes in these universities to keep their religious convictions private, an authority of the city's extremely old Bethune College said. 

The choice was taken after a few degree course applicants began questioning the need to announce their religious personality while looking for admissions to schools. "We found that numerous candidates had been distinguishing themselves as non-devotee to the alternative where they should make reference to their religion," said an authority associated with the affirmation procedure at the school. 

"Following this, the school specialists chose to consider and give 'humankind' as a decision to students while filling the forms, right off the bat, for the online applications," the authority said. 

Some different universities in the city, for example, the Scottish Church College have likewise given 'freethinker', 'common' and 'non-religious' as choices to understudies, an authority of the north Kolkata school said. 

Among different universities that have embraced 'mankind' as a choice are Maulana Azad College, Rammohan College, Bangabasi Morning in the city, Maharaja Srischandra College in Andul in Howrah area and Midnapore College in Midnapore town. 

As per a few degree hopefuls just as academicians "humanism" rather than humankind would have been a superior term. 

"This is notable. However, we ought to consider giving humanism," an academician at the Presidency University said mentioning secrecy. 

Respecting the move, Sagarika Sen, a competitor of English distinctions course from Bethune College stated, "This is an amazingly dynamic advance. I think about this as a declaration of chronicled significance. In spite of the fact that I am a Hindu by birth, I have never preferred unveiling my religious personality." 

Another student, Sammay Sengupta, looking for admission in the sociology course likewise hailed the activity portraying it as "way breaking". 

"This is a way breaking activity. We are adherents or devotees of a religion however that can't be our personality. Our character is humanism. What's more, we should not overlook that religion is one's own decision," he said.

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