The education ministry has already permitted Baba Ramdev run Patanjali group to establish a Bhartiya Shiksha Board (BSB) on ‘Indian knowledge systems’. The new plan, however, is to set up a Vedic board, a proposal which is believed to have the support of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh. Rounds of discussions have been held and files moved in the last few months to look at ways to set up the board, ET has gathered.
During the discussion, the education ministry’s school education department is learnt to have expressed serious reservations on setting up a Vedic Education Board by the Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Vedavidya Pratishthan (MSRVP), a fully-government funded autonomous body.
The education department has said that the government already runs the Central Board of Secondary Education and the National Institute of Open Schooling and there was no need for another board. It also argued that value education lessons in the existing boards already focus on Vedas and Vedic education and hence a separate board was not required for the purpose.
There is also the question of aligning Vedic education to the National Curriculum Framework. The school education department said the Right to Education Act, 2009, has classified Vedic pathshalas and madrasas under Sections 29 and 30. It also raised technical concerns on how MSRVP which runs Vedic schools and courses can be allowed to set up an affiliating board as funding and affiliation functions are usually separate in a board, as in the case of CBSE.
A meeting has been scheduled where representatives of MSRVP and officials of Department of School Education, the National Council of Education Research and Training and CBSE, among others, will try to find a way to ‘mainstream Vedic education’ in school curriculum. One of the options is to introduce Vedic education as a mainstream subject.
BSB, meanwhile, is learnt to have queued up at the education ministry to ensure parity and recognition for students who would enroll in schools affiliated to it. The same will require it to align its curriculum to the NCF, as per norms so far. BSB was originally slated for beginning operations in 2020-21. However, due to Covid-19, the timeline has been extended.