Raipur: The project for establishing Chhattisgarh’s first ‘spiritual university’, which was to run courses in Vedic studies, Yoga, Spirituality etc, has been abandoned. This, after the university’s building worth crores is in place, the state government has given recognition to it and 80 students have been admitted.
The Haridwar-based Vedmata Gayatri Trust, which was to run the university, has written to the state government that it was withdrawing from the project. Reason: the project is financially unviable.
The Gayatri Pariwar Trust had decided to establish Dev Sanskriti University near here. The University was to run 57 different courses, including in Yoga, Vedic Studies, Hindu rituals, Hindu scriptures etc.
Building inaugurated by CM
The University’s building was inaugurated by the chief minister Dr Raman Singh and Gayatri Pariwar head Dr Pranav Pandya in October last year.
After this, a notification was issued in August this year, inviting applications from students for admission to the university. Around 200 applications were received and 80 students were given admission.
Rs 8 crore as donations
A member of the Gayatri Pariwar had donated 25 acres of land at Sankra in the Durg district for the project. The entire cost of the building was born by the Gayatri Pariwar followers in Chhattisgarh. Around Rs 8 crore was collected from 7,000 members of the Pariwar.
However, now the Devmata Gayatri Trust has declared that it would not be running the university as it was not financially viable. The Trust has offered to accommodate 40 of the 80 admitted students in its university at Haridwar.
(Story: Gaurav Sharma)