UK's Hindu School Withdraws Veggie Policy

December 14, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times of India

Britain's first state-funded Hindu school has been forced to take a U-turn on its strict 'vegetarian-only' admissions policy following wide-spread criticism from the local Indian community.

In its admissions policy document, the Krishna-Avanti School at Harrow in north-west London had stated that only those who subscribed to its definition of a practising Hindu would be considered in its first annual intake of 30 students next September.

But sections of the local Indian community where the school is based and the Hindu Council-United Kingdom have come down heavily on the authorities, saying this would rule out nearly 15,000 Hindu children living in the borough.

In response, the school has decided to leave the responsibility of defining practising Hindus to the local temples.