The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has instructed its affiliated institutes to accept and admit students with Class 10 and Class 12 certificates from the newly recognized Vedic Board. Students who pass their 10th and 12th exams of this newly established board receive certificates of Veda Bhushan and Veda Vibhushan respectively.
AICTE stated in a circular that such students should be treated equally as candidates from all other mainstream school boards, The Tribune reported. The AICTE Circular to Colleges stated, “Therefore, you are requested to consider the Veda Bhushan and Veda Vibhushan Certifications awarded to candidates by MSRVVP as equivalent to 10th and 12th Class Certificates respectively for academic purposes.”
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The Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Sanskrit Shiksha Board (MSRVSBB), led by the Patanjali Yogapeeth, was granted equivalence status for their certificates from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) in August this year. The new status allowed MSRVSBB students to apply for higher education at other varsities and institutes.
Only a few higher education institutions, notably 17 universities offering Sanskrit courses, recognized the two certificates for enrollment. This included the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (New Delhi), Karnataka Sanskrit University (Bengaluru), Shri Venkateswara Vedic University (Tirupati), and Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (Tirupati).
Following the latest guidance from the AICTE, higher education institutions are expected to accept the two degrees in the future. Students of the Vedic administration study Vedas and Hindu scriptures as part of their curriculum, according to information available on the official website of the Ved Vidya Pratishthan.
However, the decision has raised concerns about the ability of the Vedic administrations to take other courses at higher education institutions. The report points out that AICTE’s latest guidance comes without a comprehensive review of the Vedic syllabi to determine whether they meet the requirements for admission into engineering and other engineering programs.
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