Union Ministry of Human Resource Department (HRD) is now all set to launch its own Vedic Education Board that will bring the ‘gurukuls’ and ‘pathshalas’ under a single central board. However, earlier Baba Ramdev submitted a proposal of a Vedic education board in the country but the ministry had rejected.
The board will function as a fully-funded autonomous body under the HRD Ministry and cater to 50,000 students across the country. The education board that will function like the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be set up under the Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan (MSRVVP) in Ujjain.
MSRVVP is headed by HRD Minister Smriti Irani and has 450 pathshalas in the country currently. The board also conducts class X and XII exams.
The decision to set up the new board was taken after Sanskrit experts recommended the same in a meeting that was attended by Irani’s advisory. A five-member team was also set up to discuss the prospects of the proposed board. It was estimated that the plan will require an initial fund of Rs 6 crore.
The HRD Ministry said that the proposed board will encourage the study of the Vedas. In India, around 10,000 students are already studying Veda Vidya and it is expected that the numbers will rise to 50,000 once the board is set up.
The board will benefit schools like Acharyakulam, Vidya Bharati schools and gurukuls run by the Arya Samaj. The schools will teach Sanskrit and Veda as the primary subjects and the other subjects will be secondary. The Vedic Education Board will allow the schools to continue their mode of education up to class XII.
Earlier, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev proposed a similar plan to the HRD Ministry that was rejected after the Centre said that accepting the proposal might lead to similar requests by other private boards in the country.