President bans teaching of political science

From a political scientist’s perspective, Uzbekistan is almost certainly an authoritarian government. It therefore came as little surprise when the government recently banned the teaching of political science on the grounds that it is a Western pseudo-science that does not take the ‘Uzbek model’ of development into account, writes Alec Luhn for The Observer.

In a decree issued on 24 August and later made public, Higher Education Minister Alisher Vakhabov ordered that the words ‘political science’ be dropped from the name of the last remaining course in the subject widely taught in the country, which will now be called ‘The Theory and Practice of Building a Democratic Society in Uzbekistan’.

It also required universities to move all literature relating to political science from the “general fund to a special fund”, which means students and academics will need permission to access it.
Full report on the Guardian site