In order to introduce the first national school board for Vedic Education, the governing council of the Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Vedavidya Pratishthan (MSRVP) – a fully-funded autonomous body under the HRD Ministry working on promotion of ‘ved vidya’ – has given its in-principle approval to set up a Bhartiya Shiksha Board (BSB).
The Proposal got its origin from a meeting held on Friday of the MSRVP governing council chaired by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar in Delhi. Minister of State for Law and Justice, P P Chaudhary, was also at the meeting.
The Governing Council has been asked to prepare the by-laws of the Board in a week.
The Bhartiya Shiksha Board, sources said, will be established with the objective of standardizing Vedic education. Like any school board, it will draft syllabus, conduct examinations, and issue certificates.
BSB will be performing various responsibilities which not just include affiliating Pathshalas, but also evolving new kinds of schools that offer a blend of Vedic and modern education – those with the Vedas and Sanskrit as major subjects and modern subjects as minor; modern subjects as major subjects and the Vedas as a minor; schools that teach general education in Sanskrit; evening Vedas and Sanskrit schools.
Once this Board starts to function, it will be beneficial for institutions such as Acharyakulam, Vidya Bharati schools (run by the RSS) and gurukuls run by the Arya Samaj, because it will allow them to sustain their model of education up to Class XII, which school boards like the CBSE currently does not permit.
The HRD Ministry first sought this plan in 2016, where it got rejected under the regime of Smriti Irani, the proposal was submitted by the Haridwar-based Vedic Education Research Institute (VERI) run by Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth. As per this plan, the Vedic Education Board or VEB, run and controlled by VERI, would allow affiliated schools to offer a blend of the traditional gurukul system and modern curriculum.