HRD Ministry plans to set up Vedic Education Board

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Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani, is all set to give approval to Vedic Board, which will function along the lines of CBSE across India.

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A report in Indian Express said that the HRD ministry was working on plans to establish an examination board under the aegis of Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan (MSRVVP) in Ujjain.

The MSRVVP is an autonomous organisation, which claims to be working on encouraging and preserving ‘Ved Vidya.’

The Express report also said that a five-member government panel headed by MSRVVP Secretary Devi Prasad Tripathi had suggested an initial fund of Rs 6 crore to set up this board.

The decision to start a Vedic education board, even after the central government had recently rejected similar proposal by Ramdev, is understandably based on the recommendation of Sanskrit experts and representatives of gurukuls and ved pathshalas, who met under the chairmanship of Swami Govindadeva Giri in Bengaluru on 17 January. Interestingly, Chamu Krishna Shastry, who is an advisor (languages) to HRD Minister Smriti Irani, had also attended this meeting.

‘Experts’ who attended the January meeting, said that there were currently about 10,000 ‘Ved Vidya’ students. The number is estimated to shoot up to 50,000 after the board is formed.

The proposed Vedic Board is also likely to be assigned the responsibility of evolving new kinds of schools — those with Veda and Sanskrit as major subjects and modern subjects as minor; modern subjects as major subjects and Vedas as minor; schools which teach general education in Sanskrit; evening Vedas and Sanskrit schools.

Once set up, this will be the country’s first Vedic education board and may give rise to similar demands for other private boards.

 

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