Baba Ramdev was addressing a crowd in Houston on 23rd August during his “Yoga and Inner Peace” event, where he expressed his desire to open an international university in India in the next five years. It was a sold-out event attended by the President of the University of Houston and other dignitaries.
What and how
The Yoga-guru made this decision after taking a tour of Houston University and was impressed by the achievements of the University. He felt that there should be a similar university in India. He has planned for it to be constructed near New Delhi. Ramdev has already acquired 1,500 acres of land for this purpose.
The said the institute will be on par with the Ivy League universities in the USA and will be the first of its kind in India. He believes that its high time India got an institute that was ranked in the top 100 universities in the world.
The proposed institute will be built on a budget of Rs. 25,000 crores, and Ramdev has a 50-year master plan to run the institution successfully. The institute will deal with many streams of knowledge but will primarily focus on business, health, and education. Over 1 lakh students would be able to pursue their educational endeavours with ease here.
In his speech, he also mentioned that he wants to build a health care centre that will provide healthcare facilities free of cost for the poor. This facility would compete with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi.
The primary motive behind this decision is to have an institute in India that would become as reputed as Nalanda and Takshashila. This is required to attract students from all over the world to pursue their education in India.
Regulations and funds
Baba Ramdev also mentioned in the meeting that he had approached the Ministry of Human Resources Development and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revive the ‘gurukul’ type of education system by setting a Vedic education board at both State and National levels.
All the profits made from the sale of Patanjali Herbal and food products will be given to charity. 80% of these profits will be used in the field of education.