National board for Sanskrit and Vedic studies mooted

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A government panel on Sanskrit has mooted the idea of a national school board for Sanskrit and vedic studies on the lines of the Central Board of Secondary Education to ensure uniformity of curriculum. Headed by former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami, the 13-member expert submitted its report to Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday.
According to Gopalaswami the committee has recommended that Maharsi Sandipani Rastriya Veda Vidya Pratisthan in Ujjain be converted into a ‘Central Sanskrit and Vedic Studies Board’. Currently, gurukuls (offering traditional form of education based on Vedas) and vedic educational institutions do not have a certification procedure. Though a few states have Sanskrit boards, this, if accepted, will be the first national school board which can affiliate traditional schools, conduct examination and grant certification.
The recommendation for establishing a ‘Sanskrit and Vedic Studies School Board’ is similar to the proposal submitted by Acharya Balkrishna on behalf of yoga guru Ramdev to the ministry last year. “There are many schools such as the Vidya Bharati schools and gurukuls run by the Arya Samaj which have no uniformity in curriculum and functioning. A new board will benefit all,” Balkrishna had said.

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