‘Sri Venkateswara Unnata Veda Vidyadhyana Samstha’ of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) opened a ‘Veda Patashala’ (Vedic School) at Chilkur near Hyderabad on Monday, June 14, 2010. Two more Vedic Schools are to be inaugurated on June 21st and June 28th at Manthani or Karimnagar district and Vizianagaram respectively.
The Hindu reports:
Union Minister for Urban Development S. Jaipal Reddy on Monday inaugurated a ‘Veda patashala’ established by ‘Sri Venkateswara Unnata Veda Vidyadhyana Samstha’ of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) at Chilkur near here.
Speaking after inaugurating the Vedic school, Mr. Jaipal Reddy said preserving the intangible heritage of the Vedas and Vedic education was not a religious act but conservation of heritage itself. Apart from teaching Vedas the students of Vedic schools should also be taught the science of the ancient days (Vedic period).
He stressed the need for teaching English to Vedic students as it had become the universal language now. They should be compatible to life in the society after 12 years of education, he felt.
Home Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy said Chilkur was gradually becoming ‘Telangana Tirupati’. People would find peace in spiritualism and Chilkur was one such place. Minister for Endowments G. Venkata Reddy said he was trying to bring reforms in the department.
TTD Chairman D.K. Adikeshavulu Naidu said Vedic schools were a must to propagate the Vedas. Executive Officer I.Y.R. Krishna Rao said as part of its efforts to restore the glory of Vedic education, the TTD had decided to establish new schools at Chilkur (Ranga Reddy), Manthani (Karimnagar) and Vizianagaram in addition to the existing schools at Tirumala and Keesaragutta.
The school at Manthani would be inaugurated on June 21 and the one at Vizianagaram on June 28, he stated. The TTD would deposit Rs. 3 lakh in the name of each student joining the 12-year course in Vedic schools and the student would get the maturity amount after completion of the course, apart from employment opportunity.