Mahavir Mandir Trust is planning to create a university dedicated to the study of epic Ramayan in Vaishali District in
"Apart from teaching, this unique varsity will be an advanced centre of research on the Ramayan and allied subjects. It will have a wifi campus and IT facilities," said Acharya Kishore Kunal, chairman of the Patna-based Mahavir Mandir Trust.
The trust plans specialised five-year course in astronomy, astrophysics, Hindu mythology, Vedas and Upanishads, Sanskrit and much more in a bid to preserve and promote the literature of the Ramayan in Sanskrit, Hindi, vernacular texts or the languages of South East Asian countries.
"The Valmiki Ramayan will be the main foundation of the syllabus, but other Ramayans such as Adhyatma and Anand as well as Sanskrit works like Raghuvansha of Kalidas will also be included,” Kunal said.
Ram-charit-manas of Tulsidas in Hindi and all other epics in vernacular languages like Tamil Ramayan of Kamb or Marathi Ramayan of Eknath and Ramayans prevalent in
Thailand, Indonesiaand too will be part of the syllabi of the University, he said. Malaysia
Other Hindu scriptures such as Gita will also be taught at the campus.
"Students will be imparted basic knowledge of Sanskrit to the extent that they understand the Sanskrit text after reading the translation,” Kunal said.
"Apart from reviving all that
once epitomised, the courses will also provide greater employability. At present, there is dearth of knowledgeable priests for rituals. The university will prepare scholarly priests. There will be high-level research on Ayurveda," said Kunal. India
The trust has acquired about 25 acres of land in Hajipur for the planned university.