The study material for the new cow course was designed by the Cow Commission, which falls under the Department of Livestock and Dairy, and has been widely distributed online in several languages, including English. The first online exam was due to take place on Thursday.
The material contains chapters on cow entrepreneurship and sayings from Hindu scriptures. The course explores breed improvement, bioenergy from cow dung, pesticides, drugs from cow urine, the concept of promoting cow tourism, the use of dung cow instead of plaster of paris for ecological reasons and the difference between Indian and foreign cows. The commission is headed by Vallabhbhai Kathiria, surgeon and former member of parliament from Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party.
The Indian cow, or zebu, differs from breeds of cows familiar to the West. The zebu, easily recognizable by its large shoulder hump and pronounced dewlap, is more tolerant of heat and drought, and more resistant to certain diseases, although it produces less milk.
The material that the students had to absorb for the exam, however, made baseless claims, such as that that inside the Indian cow’s hump “there is a solar impulse that is known to absorb vitamin D. out of the sun’s rays and release her into her Milk. ”Humpless“ Jersey ”cows, according to the document, do not have such powers.
Another part of the program said that native cows were “emotional towards humans and other living things”, but that in foreign cows “none of these feelings were manifested.” Indian cows are “alert” and “strong,” according to the document, but foreign cows are “lazy.”
The test was not made compulsory, but the Indian University Grants Commission, a federal agency, encouraged students – in fact, all citizens – to study cow material and take the exam as a extracurricular activity.