In a bold step taken by one of the oldest women colleges in Asia, Bethune College in Kolkata has decided that they will be allowing the students to choose ‘Humanity’ as their religion of choice in the application form for the 2019 admissions. This step has been taken so as to allow the students who do not have an inclination towards any religion to choose Humanity as their religion.
As per the rules, the students were made to choose from either of the 8 choices that they had in the application form, i.e. Hindu, Muslim Sikh, Christian, Jain, Buddhists and others. After discussing the possibility of introducing Humanity as a religion with the admission committee, Principle of Bethune College, Mamata Ray, stated that even though the college does not believe a difference exists between religion and humanity, the option was necessary to be brought in for those students who did not believe in any religion.
Many people, including the people belonging to the sorority of education, have commended the actions taken by Bethune College in introducing Humanity as a religion. Amal Mukhopadhyay, the former Principal of Presidency College, congratulated the admission committee of Bethune College for taking such a decision stating that the college has allowed the student to boldly claim their identity as a Human Being instead of any other religion.
The admission process of Bethune College to its courses has already begun. As per the rules set by the Government of West Bengal, the admission process of Bethune College will be online processes.