Amid chants of hymns, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday inaugurated the country’s second Rashtriya Adarsh ​​Veda Vidyalaya (RAVV) in Puri to spread knowledge of the Vedas among the people.

RAVV or National Model Vedic School has come up on the campus of Central Sanskrit University. Maharishi Sandipani Rashtriya Ved Vidya Pratishthan is the first such school in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.

Feel blessed to open this institute also called Sri Jagannath Rashtriya Adarsh ​​Veda Vidyalaya. The aim of this institute is to preserve the knowledge of Vedas and spread it among the people, Pradhan said. The institute, a boarding school where education and accommodation will be provided free of cost, will also help promote the Sanskrit language, he said.

Apart from courses in the four Vedas — Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda and Atharvaveda, students will have the option of choosing Science, English, Mathematics, Vedic Mathematics, Social Science, Computer Science and Agriculture as part of the curriculum. Admission will be based on merit in the fourth (Class 9) Veda Bhusan, fifth (Class 10), first (Class 11) and second (Class 12) Veda Vibhusan, officials said.

Courses will begin in the 2022-23 academic year. Four more such schools will come up at Badrinath in Uttarakhand, Sringeri in Karnataka, Dwarka in Gujarat and Guwahati in Assam, officials said. Pradhan also said that a separate board for the study of the Vedas has been set up on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal.

The minister noted that the Vedas are not just some mantras, but everything written in the Vedas are scientifically proven facts of life. There is a cure for humanism in the correct pronunciation of the Vedas,” he said.

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