ALLAHABAD: Vedas are among the oldest literature of the world that unite the country, said Prof. Devi Prasad Tripathi, secretary, Maharshi Sandipani Rastriya Ved Vidhya Prathisthan, Ujjain. He was interacting with young Vedic gurus here on Wednesday during the Ved Pujan Mahotsav at Maharshi Bharadwaj Ved Vidyalaya.

Tripathi said subjects like Vedic mathematics and Vedic astronomy have been attracting thousands of students and efforts are underway to preserve Vedic branches.

To promote Vedic rituals and traditions, symposiums, conferences and an introductory syllabus are being organized and introducted across the country. A two-year correspondence course is also available. There are around 10,000 students taking different courses in 73 Vedic schools being run by Maharshi Sandipan Rastriya Ved Vidhya Prathistan, Ujjain, across the country. He said there should be separate research wings for Vedas and Vedic literature and proposal of a Vedic education board was pending with HRD ministry.

Meanwhile, the Ved Pujan Mahotsav was being organized on the occasion of birthday of international working president of VHP, Ashok Singhal, who was the first to organise Ved pujan ceremony in 1994 after setting up first Vedic Vidyalaya in Delhi.

Maharshi Bharadwaj Ved Vedang Shikshan Kendra principal Acharya Pankaj Sharma said: “Hundreds of students are pursuing their Ved studies (seven-year course) at all 12 Ved Vidyalayas being funded and run by VHP.”

Sharma claimed that demand for acharyas and experts is on the rise in Western countries as well.