Curriculum includes Vedas; Center invests Rs 100 Cr in projects

The Center has allocated Rs 100 crore for programs that promote the vedas and Indian languages in the curriculum in an effort to promote education that is firmly anchored in Indian philosophy.

Announcing the government’s plan to expand vedic education, Dharmendra Pradhan said, “The Vedas written in Sanskrit will guide the youth on ancient medical treatment, law, politics, social science, history, and metrology.”  

The program seeks to advance the adoption of vedic wisdom, principles, and teachings in support of social justice, women’s emancipation, and development led by women. Experts predict that vedic education would transform society and bring in a new generation of morally conscious young people who will represent their nation internationally.

Speaking to Education Times, Pankaj Mittal, secretary general, Association of Indian Universities (AIU), says, “Bhartiya Knowledge System (BKS) is rich in content and is relevant in today’s context. The BKS based education will ensure holistic development of students and will instil in them a sense of purpose and responsibility. The BKS relies on values and ethics-based education through a personalised learning approach based on guru shishya parampra. It emphasises on experiential learning with due emphasis on community engagement and societal development with a concept of life long learning. The students possessing this knowledge will definitely be better human beings and global citizens. The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 recommendations also emanate from these thoughts and their implementation in letter and spirit is crucial for making India and its students lead in the global market.”

Vedic education, along with its associated courses and certifications, is now recognized by the AIU. Additionally, it authorized the equivalent of tests and certifications provided by vedic bodies. Students from Bharatiya Siksha Board (BSB), Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Sanskrit Shiksha Board (MSRVSSB), and Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Ved Vidya Pratisthan (MSRVVP) vedic boards will gain from this decision since they won’t have to retake their exams. The curriculum of the Vedic boards also includes courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. On condition of anonymity, a government official states, “Students who pass these boards can directly apply for subjects such as Medicine, Engineering, or Humanities courses.”

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