Delhi: Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani, is all set to give approval to Vedic Board, which will function along the lines of MSRVVP across India.
The HRD ministry had been 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 mostly works on encouraging and preserving ‘Ved Vidya.’
According to the reports, a five-member panel headed by the Secretary of MSRVVP Devi Prasad Tripathi had requested an initial funding 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. Chamu Krishna Shastry, who is an advisor (languages) to HRD Minister Smriti Irani, had also attended this meeting.
As per the experts who attended the meeting, there are currently about 10,000 ‘Ved Vidya’ students, the numbers are 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.
This will be the country’s first Vedic education board and may give rise to similar demands for other private boards, once it is working.