YOGA GURU Ramdev is all set to head the country’s first government-recognised board for Vedic education as his Trust’s offers for setting up the proposed Bharatiya Shiksha Board (BSB) was judged the best by a selection committee on Saturday.
The governing council of the Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Vedavidya Pratishthan (MSRVP), headed by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, will consider the five members panel recommendation this week.
MSRVP has been assigned with the responsibility of appointing a private sponsoring body for putting the BSB in place.
‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI) was released by MSRVP inviting applicants for the establishment of the board of which Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust is amongst the three private players that responed to EOI.
The three applicants which included Ritnand Balved Education Foundation, which runs the Amity group of institutions, and Pune-based Maharashtra Institute of Technology and Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust made a presentation to the five-member selection committee.
Acharya Balkrishna represented Patanjali Yogpeeth. He is the trustee of Patanjali.
During the presentation, Balkrishna informed that Patanjali is ready to invest Rs 21 crore for the construction and development of the board and already has necessary plans about it’s headquarter.
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,” Balkrishna said.
The objective of BSB will be standardizing ‘Indian Traditional Knowledge’ such as vedic education, sanskrit education, Sashtras and Darsanas and Bharatiya Parampara. Just like other schools or boards syllabus, BSB will also draft its own syllabus and will conduct examination time to time, issues certificates and will affiliate Gurukulas, pathshalas and new schools that will offer vedic and modern education.
The establishment of BSB will benefit other educational institutions like Ramdev’s Acharyakulam, Vidya Bharati school and Arya samaj because it will allow them to sustain their model of education, which CBSE like board do not allow.