Trust ActivitiesMAIN ACTIVITIES OF THE TRUST
The Trust's main objective is the preservation of ancient Vedic education in its pristine purity. It assists institutions in establishing traditional Veda Patashalas in different regions of the country and renders financial assistance wherever needed. It also supervises the academic side of their functioning. VRNT also runs its own Gurukula Patashalas and encourages Vedic education in traditional families. The activities of the Trust cover Vidyarthis (students) speaking different languages and includes those who profess Advaita, Vishistadvaita and Dwaitha philosophies. It conducts Varshika (Annual) and Poorthi (final) Examinations of the students of all Patashalas in the states of Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu.
The details of the specific schemes are provided below.
SCHEME FOR MAINTENANCE OF GURUKULA PATASHALAS (SCHOOLS):
Where the Guru and his Vidhyarthis (disciples) live together and share the food prepared by the Guru's wife (Gurupatni) and attention is concentrated only on the traditional Vedic education, the Guru is paid a remuneration of Rs.12,500/- per month and is also reimbursed the expenses incurred for food at Rs.1,000/- per month per Vidhyarti. In addition the Vidhyarti is provided with dhoties, medical facilities and travel expenses to visit his native place once in a year. The entire amount is remitted to the Guru's Bank Account every month by Trust's Bankers.
SCHEME FOR HEREDITARY NIYAMA ADHYAYANA VIDHYARTHI RAKSHANA:
Under this scheme the Vedic Scholar-Pandit-father, teaches Vedas to his son. The son also undergoes studies in Ganitha (Mathematics) in Sanskrit and Sanskrit literature. He is paid a stipend of Rs.500/- through mail transfer during the course of this Adhyayana. On completion of the course and his coming out successful in the examination conducted by the Trust, he becomes eligible to a life long monthly grant of Rs. 600 which is also remitted to his bank account by the Trust's Bankers every month.
INCENTIVE / AWARD SCHEME :
This scheme covers all the Vedic schools conforming to the regulations of the Trust and which register with the Trust. Representatives of the Trust visit each Patasala every year, conduct examination for the Vidhyartis, on the portions covered. Based on the performance of the Vidhyartis , the Trust awards an incentive to the Guru as Guru Dakshina. When the Vidhyarti completes the full course of Vedic studies and passes the examination conducted by the Trust, he is awarded a lump sum grant based on the proficiency, the maximum being Rs.7,500 at present. This amount needs an upward revision to compensate for inflation.
The incentive to the Guru and the award to the Vidhyartis under the above scheme are also available to those covered under schemes referred to in 1 and 2 above.
Under the guidance of His Holiness, the Trust traced out pandits in those sakhas (branches) of the Vedas where there were hardly one or two pandits, and started Patasalas in those sakhas. In such cases, an increased incentive award is given, the maximum being Rs. 8,500/-.