New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh-affiliate Vishwa Hindu Parishad will soon be unveiling its first University in Gurugram, christened as Ashok Singhal Ved Science and Technology University, which has been named after its late senior leader Ashok Singhal.
The name of Ashok Singhal, who was the international working president of the VHP for over 20 years and played a leading role in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement was selected for naming the university as he is considered as the tallest leader of the organisation who worked tirelessley for the cause of Sangh over several decades, sources stated.
Sources stated that a meeting fo senior VHP functionaires, along with Sangh affiliates is scheduled for April 3 where a discussion on academic pursuits, proposed curriculum and staff recruitment is likely to be made.
Sources stated that the VHP has already secured 40 acre land for the proposed University in Gurugram, near the national capital.
This newspaper had first on May 15 last year reported the plan of the VHP to establish a Ved University, for advanced studies and research in Vedas and historical “Bharatiya” texts.
While the Sangh affiliate operates schools and colleges across the country to propagate its educational agenda, this would be the first such attempt by the VHP to foray into higher education.
The Ved University would be the first of its kind to be established and promoted by the Sangh affiliate, sources added.
Currently, Sangh affiliate Vidya Bharati operates Shishu Mandir and Ekal Vidyayalayas. while a few colleges like Hanuman Sanskrit Mahavidyala in Delhi are also operational. The proposal for establishment of a Ved University was being discussed for several years.
The VHP operates 16 Ved Vidyalayas across the country. Last year, Sangh functionaries had said that for the propagation of Vedas and ancient texts their teaching at the school and college level would not be sufficient and could be expanded....