The Vice Chancellor,
S.N.D.T. Women's University,
1, Nathibai Thackersey Road, Bombay 400 020 (Maharashtra).
Below is the letter from Dr. Rajeev Joshi sent to you. Please send me copies of the lecture series "to understand scientific basis of Astrology and Palmistry" conducted at your University for our evaluation.
Ref. No. STPT/J/5/89
March 27, 1989.
It is shocking to learn that, the department of continuing and adult education, SNDT Women's University, has arranged a two day lecture series "to understand scientific (?) basis of astrology and palmistry."
The organisers are aware that "some" people "believed" that the life cycle moved according to a predetermined pattern and also that rationalists strongly advocated that the destiny of human beings was in their own hand, as is evident from the news item.
At the no stretch of anybody's imagination, the "belief" of "some" people can be called as "science". Before one tries to understand the "scientific basis" of a "discipline", it should have some scientific basis in first place.
Neither astrology nor palmistry have yet been proved to be science. No one, believing these as "science", has subjected them to rigers or scientific method.
It is pertinent to note here that the department of continuing and adult education and extention, University of Poona, has arranged a Workshop on "Eradication of Superstition".
We therefore appeal the authorities concerned of SNDT Women's University, not to be swayed away by "belief" of "some" persons, but to study any subject with methodology and temper of science and also appeal them to cancel the above mentioned lecture series because the followers of astrology or palmistry have yet to prove whether their theories have any scientific basis.
Dr. Rajeev Joshi, Trustee,
Scientific Temper Promotion Trust,
C/o. Chetana Mudranalaya, Ranade Road, Dadar, Bombay 400 028.
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