RSS to start five universities for ‘positive change’

HARIDWAR: Vidya Bharati, an RSS board that runs several educational institutions, has decided to set up five universities in different parts of the country.
The saffron organisation has already been involved in primary and higher secondary education and now wants to focus on institutions of higher education through their organisation Uchch Shiksha Sansthan. This was disclosed by Vidya Bharati national co-organising secretary Yatindra Sharma during a function held on Saturday at Haridwar-based Saraswati Vidya Mandir Inter College.
“The purpose is to bring about positive changes in education,” Sharma said here on Saturday.
Uchch Shiksha Sansthan has already opened Chanakya University in Bengaluru on a sprawling campus of 125 acres last year, while another in Guwahati is in the offing, Sharma said, adding, “RSS-run educational institutions are open to all students, irrespective of their caste, class or creed.” A total of 200 students enrolled in the first batch of the Bengaluru university.
Fifty meritorious students of Vidya Bharati schools will be provided free education at Bengaluru’s Chanakya University run by the RSS.
“Currently, 31 lakh students are studying in 29,000 RSS schools. They have about 1,50,000 teachers,” he said, adding RSS-run institutions have a “good number of students from Muslim and Christian communities as well”. Vidya Bharati is p lanning to start one model school in each district of Uttarakhand, he said.
Uttarakhand minister of education Dhan Singh Rawat said, “Uttarakhand is the first Indian state to implement the National Education Policy at the playschool level. It has also decided to introduce NEP in higher education and held 57 meetings for the purpose. ”