The BJP led, NDA Government would be setting up its own school board for ‘Ved Vidya’. This plan for Vedic education board comes soon after rejecting proposals on similar lines by yoga guru, Baba Ramdev.
Regarding this, the ministry of HRD has plans to establish an examination board under the aegis of Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan (MSRVVP) in Ujjain, an autonomous organisation working on encouraging and preserving ‘Ved Vidya’.
A fund of Rs 6 crore has been suggested by a five member Government panel headed by MSRVVP Secretary, Devi Prasad Tripathi. The decision to start a Vedic education board, on the lines of CBSE, is based on the recommendation of Sanskrit experts and representatives of gurukuls and ved pathshalas, under the chairmanship of Swami Govindadeva Giri.
MSRVVP in Ujjain, was set up in 1987 to develop and propagate oral studies of the Vedas. It currently affiliates 450 institutions of traditional learning like pathshalas and guru-shisya parampara yojana across the country. Although this organisation has been conducting Class X and XII examinations, its certificates are not considered equivalent to mainstream levels of education by several institutions. Upgrading MSRVVP to a formal examination body, the government feels, will address the problem of recognising traditional learning.