Govt`s move to set up Ayurvedic varsity comes under fire

The Uttarakhand Government`s move to set up an Ayurvedic university on the premises of Rishikul Vidyapeeth established by freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malviya has come under fire from various quarters here.

Last Updated: Jul 13, 2010, 18:06 PM IST

Haridwar: The Uttarakhand Government`s
move to set up an Ayurvedic university on the premises of
Rishikul Vidyapeeth established by freedom fighter Madan Mohan
Malviya has come under fire from various quarters here.

A group of sadhus and priests have launched an
indefinite sit-in demanding cancellation of the government
notification on setting up the University.

They claim that Rishikul Vidyapeeth would lose its
identity in case an Ayurvedic university is allowed to be
built within its premises. Leader of the Opposition in state
Assembly Harak Singh Rawat has already lent his support to
them in this regard.

Uttarakhand Medical Association has opposed the move
saying the Ayurvedic University should be built outside
Haridwar city.

The All India Akhara Parishad, an apex body of various
sects of sadhus, has also objected to the government decision.

"Rishikul Vidyapeeth is working hard to spread
Sanskrit language across the globe. Once another institute
come up there, Rishikul Vidyapeeth will lose its identity,"
said a spokesman of the Akhara Parishad.

PTI