After the recent enactment of Bihar Private Universities Act, 2013 and framing of Rules thereinunder Mahavir Mandir Trust, which is building Viraat Ramayan Mandir, the largest Hindu Temple in the world, has decided to establish Ramayan University at the site near Hajipur at a distance of 20 Km from Patna.
The University will be unique in the whole country, nay, the whole world.
The Private Universities under the Act are going to be full-fledged Universities and not mere deemed Universities.
Apart from teaching, it will be an advanced centre of research on the Ramayan and allied subjects. There shall be a thrust on imparting education through computers.
The main motto of the University will be to preserve and promote the literature of the Ramayan in the whole world; whether it is in Sanskrit, Hindi, Vernacular or the languages of South East Asian countries.
The Valmiki Ramayan will be the main foundation of the syllabus but it will include other Ramayans like Adhyatma and Anand as well as Sanskrit works like Raghuvansha of Kalidas. Ram-charit-manas of Tulsidas in Hindi and all other epics in vernacular languages like Tamil Ramayan of Kamb or Marathi Ramayan of Eknath will be included in the studies. Ramayans prevalent in the countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, too, will form part of the syllabus of the University.
In addition, some scriptures like Gita, Upanishads and Bhagavat, too, will be taught on the campus. Students will be imparted basic knowledge of Sanskrit to the extent that they understand the Sanskrit text after reading the translation. There will be a separate subject on learning Sanskrit grammar through Panini’s Ashtadhyayi and Patanjali’s Mahabhashya. Panini’s book will be taught through computer method, which is most friendly to the Sanskrit language.
Other subjects in the University will include
with correct pronunciation and majestic music.
For imparting education in astronomy and astrology works of authors like Aryabhatta, Varah-mihar, Brahmagupta and Bhaskaracharya will be taught.
It will be complete 5 years course.
Modern Astrologers, who are jacks of all trades, will be replaced by genuine scholars who are well-versed in their subjects.
At present there is a paucity of priests for rituals. The University will prepare scholarly priests who can conduct rituals for various ceremonies in the most appropriate manner.
Similarly, Ayurveda will be a subject which will require deep research and the institution will cater to it.
Mahavir Mandir runs four hospitals- Cancer hospital, Arogya Sansthan, Vaatsalya hospital and Netralaya. Many courses are run there. They, too, will come under this University.
The Trust will deposit Rupees ten lakhs along with the forms when the State Government starts accepting forms and fees. After getting the permission from the Government it will deposit Rupees one crore with the Director, Higher education as security money.
The Trust will have to build an area of one lakh sq. ft. and recruit teachers and staff within two years. Mahavir Mandir Trust has 20 acres of land on the four-lane road near Hajipur for establishing the University and the project will cost Rupees Twenty five crore on the buildings and infrastructural facilities.
(Establishment of Ramayan University)