India’s top education body University Grants Commission (UGC) has written to heads of all universities to encourage students for participating in the forthcoming “cow science exam” on 25 February.

 Being organised by central government’s Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog (Cow Commission), a national body set up for the welfare of animal husbandry, the exam has evoked criticism for its curriculum that makes outrageous claims.

The Commission had to remove some parts of the study syllabus after drawing criticism over strange claims like the cow dung is used as protection against radiation in nuclear centres in India and Russia. It also mentioned that cow slaughter and earthquakes are linked to each other and even that Indian cow’s milk has gold traces. 

The Cow Commission was compelled to remove some parts of the curriculum after a backlash from the public.

The revised study syllabus, however, still continues to propagate that cow urine is “great elixir, proper diet, pleasing to heart, the giver of mental and physical strength, and enhances longevity”.

It also suggests that the Indian cows have unique features like the hump on their back, which has a special power to absorb the sun’s energy with the help of “solar pulse” in that hump.