Teaching qualifications

Technical regulator asks universities and colleges to recognize and admit Vedic council students

New Delhi: Technical colleges and universities were asked to accept the qualifications of class 10 and 12 students from a newly recognized Vedic board as equivalent to any other regular school board and grant admission.

A circular in this regard was sent last week by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) – the country’s supreme body for technical education – to all its affiliated institutions.

Those students who pass the Class 10 and Class 12 examinations will receive the Veda Bhushan and Veda Vibhushan certificates respectively.

So far, only a limited number of higher education institutions, including 17 universities teaching Sanskrit, accept both admission certificates. Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (New Delhi), Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (Tirupati), Shri Venkateswara Vedic University (Tirupati), Karnataka Sanskrit University (Bengaluru) are some of the universities.

It is expected that more higher institutions will accept both certificates in the future after the AICTE circular.

In August, the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) had granted equivalency status (recognition of a degree from another institution of higher learning for admission to a higher degree) to Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Sanskrit Shiksha Board (MSRVSBB).

The IAU had been tasked with developing a standard operating procedure (SOP) that can be used to grant recognition to various unrecognized school boards. In the process, it also granted equivalency to the new MSRVSBB.

The MSRVSSB is brought by the Narendra Modi government as the first dedicated council for Vedic education which will be under the leadership of Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Ved Vidya Pratisthan (MSRVVP) of Ujjain. The ‘practice’ (institution) already operates Vedic schools under its aegis and after the approval of the board, all schools will come under it to be part of the formal education system.

“AIU, which is the designated body by the Government of India to grant equivalence to school boards in India, has granted equivalence for Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Sanskrit Shiksha (MSRVSSB) Board Examination Qualifications which will operate as a regular School Board in India. You are therefore requested to consider the Veda Bhushan and Veda Vibhushan certifications awarded to candidates by MSRVVP equivalent respectively to the 10th and 12th standard certificates for academic purposes,” reads the AICTE circular.

According to the official website of the MSRVVP, the ‘practice’ is “committed to the propagation of Vedic knowledge and culture and Vedic studies”.

According to the materials available online at the official website of Ved Vidya Pratishthan, students will study Vedas and Hindu scriptures as part of their curriculum. For example, students in class 12 will study “Brihadaranyaka Upanishad”, which is one of the major Upanishads in Hinduism. They also have the study of Ayurveda in their curriculum.

(Editing by Tony Rai)

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