New Delhi: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev is all set to head the country’s first government-recognised board for Vedic education, after his Trust’s bid to establish the proposed Bharatiya Shiksha Board (BSB) was adjudged the best by a selection committee on Saturday, The Indian Express reported.
The governing council of the Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Vedavidya Pratishthan (MSRVP), headed by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, will consider the five-member panel’s recommendation this week, the report added.
The MSRVP, a fully-funded autonomous working on promotion of “Ved vidya” under the HRD Ministry, has been entrusted with the responsibility of appointing a private sponsoring body for putting the BSB in place.
Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust was one of the three private players which had responded to the ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI) released by the MSRVP inviting applications for establishment of the Board.
The three applicants, which included Ritnand Balved Education Foundation, which runs the Amity group of institutions, and Pune-based Maharashtra Institute of Technology, made a presentation to the five-member selection committee.
During the presentation, Patanjali Yogpeeth is believed to have informed the panel that the company is willing to invest Rs 21 crore for the development of the Board and has the necessary infrastructure ready for setting up its headquarters.
The report cited sources saying that Patanjali’s promise of Rs 21 crore fund, for which it has already given a bank guarantee, worked in favour of the company.
“We are very serious about it (setting up a Vedic education board). Education is not about learning the alphabet. A student should also learn our Indian morals, culture and values. We are already running Acharyakulam on this model,” Acharya Balkrishna was quoted by The Indian Express as saying.
The BSB has been proposed to ensure standardisation of “Indian traditional knowledge”, such as Vedic education, Sanskrit education, Shastras and Darsanas, etc. It will draft syllabus, conduct exams, issue certificates and recognise Gurukulas, pathshalas and schools that offer a blend of Vedic and modern education. The Board, like CBSE, will charge an affiliation fee and examination fee from schools.