The Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry is planning to set up Indias first of its kind central board for Vedic and Sanskrit education, which will function along the lines of CBSE. This examination board will be under the Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan (MSRVVP) in Ujjain.
According to a report by the Indian Express, the MSRVVP will be an autonomous organisation, that will be working to encourage and promote Vedic learning in the country.
A five-member government panel, which was headed by Devi Prasad Tripathi, MSRVVP Secretary, had suggested an initial fund of Rs. 6 crore towards setting up this school board. The approval was shortly after the rejection of a similar proposal moved by yoga guru Ramdev by the Central Government, claiming that the sanction for a private board will invite similar requests from other unrecognized school boards.
Sanskrit experts and Gurukuls say that there are currently about 10,000 students who pursue Vedic education in India. Government estimates that once the board is set up the number could shoot up to 50,000. The board will also help in forming new kinds of schools in the future, that will teach Veda and Sanskrit as major subjects and other subjects as minor.