India to hold national ‘cow science’ exam

NEW DELHI (AFP) – India will hold a mass nationwide online “cow science” exam next month, in the latest push by the government to promote and protect the sacred animal, officials said on Wednesday.

The hour-long test on February 25, open to children and adults as well as foreigners, comprises 100 multiple-choice questions in Hindi, English and 12 regional languages.

The aim is to assess the public’s knowledge and “sensitise and educate” them, according to the RKA cow protection agency created by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration.

“Certificates will be given to all. Successful meritorious candidates will be given prizes and certificates,” the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying said.

“The cow is full of science and economics. People are not aware of the true economic and scientific value of the animal,” RKA Chief Vallabhbhai Kathiria said. Accompanying study material released by the RKA include information on different breeds of cow.