NOIDA– On Wednesday, yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth was elected to establish India’s first school board of Vedic education by the Governing Council of Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Vedavidya Pratishthan (MSRVP). Ramdev will be deputed as the chairman of the Bhartiya Shiksha Board (BSB), which is expected to be operational within six months.
After Patanjali Yogpeeth’s selection for Vedic education, the BSB will be tagged as the first private school board recognized by the government.
BSB will function like any other school board in terms of structuring the syllabus, conducting the exams, and issuing certificates to schools applying for affiliation.
However, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has also decided that like the way Patanjali-run BSB will affiliate schools offering a mix of Vedic and contemporary education, the MSRVP governing council will also constitute a separate board for oral traditions of shastras.
According to the Expression of Interest (EOI) released by MSRVP on 11th February, “BSB is formed with a motive to standardize the deep-rooted traditional knowledge of India like Sanskrit education, Vedic education, darsanas & shashtras education, Bhartiya Parampara & Art, Sanskrit education with the help of Gurukuls, guru-shishya parampara, Veda pathshalas, or the other education methodologies having their roots in Vedic culture with or without contemporary education.”
The MSRVP is regulated under the HRD Ministry as an autonomous institution and is entrusted with the task of fostering Vedic education in India.
If sources are to be believed, the determining factor behind the selection of Patanjali was the development fund of Rs 21 crore it had offered. It is also ascertained that Patanjali has already given the guarantee from bank for the same. There were three applicants and Patanjali was declared the most appropriate entity for running the Vedic education board.