Allahabad, (UP), July 18: Around 400 children, from across the country, aged between 9 and 11 years, came to take the entrance test for 25 seats in the vedic vidyalayas of Allahabad.
According to reports, most of them were from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Only 150 students had appeared for the test in Prayag last year.
There are around 35 Vedic Vidyalayas in the country, with Uttar Pradesh accounting for eight of them. Prayag and Haridwar have two schools while Kashi, Mathura, Ayodhya, Rishikesh and Lucknow have one each.
Vedic schools have also been set up in Manipur, Kolkata, Jammu, Pune, Amrawati and Pushkar.
These vedic vidyalayas are run jointly by Vishwa Ved Sansthan (an organ of Vishwa Hindu Parishad) and Maharshi Ved Vyas Pratisthan (Pune) and offer a seven-year course in Vedas.
The academic session of Vedic Vidyalayas in Prayag will begin in the last week of July.
(With Agency Inputs)