Rajasthan opens doors to first RSS university

via Newindpress published on February 2, 2006

JAIPUR: Taking advantage of the Rajasthan Government’s decision to allow private universities in the state, the RSS has decided to set up its first varsity in the country on the outskirts of Jaipur.

The self-financing varsity, to be named Keshav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidhyalaya (KVV), would become functional from the next academic session. RSS Sarsanghchalak K S Sudarshan would dedicate the new educational institution to the nation at a function here on February 18.

The RSS university is among the first to be issued a letter of intent by the Vasundhara Raje Government after the state Cabinet cleared such institutions in the private sector.

The new varsity would be a result of the upgradation of the Sangh Keshav Vidyapeeth, an autonomous college in Jamdoli in Jaipur.

The university will have 16 post-graduate colleges in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Dausa and other towns of Rajasthan. Two colleges in Jaipur will be exclusively for girls. The RSS and its subsidiaries already have nearly 4,500 schools in Rajasthan. According to the RSS, the varsity is an attempt to promote nationalism through a ‘‘novel approach.’’

According to a document circulated by the RSS to promote its new venture, the university would ‘‘promote Indian thoughts and research.’’ The focus would also be on the study of the ‘‘Indian value system’’ and its projection as a strong alternative to the modern lifestyle. Apart from the courses that are part of a standard university, the Keshav Vidyapeeth would offer courses in Yoga Sadhana, Ayurveda.

State Education Minister Ghanshyam Tiwari said the KVV would have to adhere to all the UGC norms. ‘‘We have only issued a letter of intent to them. Their courses would be recognised only after the varsity fulfils UGC norms.’’ But the RSS seems to have already crunched the numbers. It plans to enroll 3,500 students in the first year. Over the next five years it plans to attract 20,000 students.

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