Yoga Guru Ramdev has been selected by the five-member panel, who was responsible for selecting the private body who would sponsor the country’s first-ever Vedic Board. It was reported that three applications were received by the private bodies who sponsored to establish Vedic Board and responded to ‘Expression of Interest’, Patanjali was one of them, which got finalized on Saturday.
The MSRVP, a fully-funded autonomous body headed under the HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, has been given the sole responsibility of appointing a private sponsoring body for establishing Bhartiya Shiksha Board which will offer ‘Vedic Education’. The selection made by the committee will be given due recognition by the MSRVP.
As highlighted earlier on February 20, MSRVP invited applications by private bodies willing to sponsor Vedic Board. The other candidatures that were received were The Ritnand Balved Education Foundation, which runs the Amity group of institutions, and Pune-based Maharashtra Institute of Technology.
Three private bodies presented their proposal to the five-member selection committee, headed under National Book Trust’s new Chairperson Govind Prasad Sharma in Delhi. Patanjali was presented by the trustee of Patanjali namely Acharya Balkrishna.
Through the presentation, Acharya Balkrishna informed that their Trust is willing to contribute ₹21 crore for the development of Board and construct necessary infrastructure for the board’s headquarters. They also informed that the Board will be headquartered in Haridwar and the chairperson for the Board would be Ramdev. The proposed amount by Patanjali was the highest among the three, which made the committee favor Patanjali for the establishment.
“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,” says Balkrishna.
The Board as proposed by Patanjali would ensure that subjects that impart “Indian traditional knowledge” will be included. The subjects under traditional knowledge include Vedic education, Sanskrit education, Shastras and Darsanas, etc. The Board is responsible for framing the curriculum, conduct exams, issue certificates and recognize Gurukulas, pathshalas, and schools that will be offering a mix of Vedic and modern education. A board like CBSE will charge an affiliation fee and examination fee from schools.
The establishment of BSB will benefit the existing schools by Patanjali, where CBSE does not permit the Vedic model of education to be imparted, namely Ramdev’s residential school Acharyakulam in Haridwar, Vidya Bharati schools run by the RSS and gurukuls run by the Arya Samaj to offer Vedic Education up to Class XII.
Three years ago, it was reported that the proposal of establishing Vedic Education by Patanjali was rejected by the then HRD Ministry headed by Smriti Irani. They argued that no private board shall be recognized by the government. This decision got reversed by the government due to the reverse of positions, as highlighted earlier on February 12, 2019