In a recent circular issued by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the Bhartiya Shiksha Board (BSB) has been officially recognized as a nationwide School Education Board.
The AICTE stated that BSB, established in 2019 and approved by the Department of Higher Education under the Ministry of Education, will now hold an equivalent status to other national school boards in India.
The official notification from the AICTE stated, “The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) accords equivalence to school Boards in India. AIU has granted equivalence for grade 10 and grade 12 Board examination qualifications of Bhartiya Shiksha Board (BSB), which shall function as a regular School Education Board within India. Therefore, you are requested to consider Bhartiya Shiksha Board as a Pan-India School Education Board.”
According to the official website of BSB, the board was established with the aim of revitalizing Indian knowledge systems. The website emphasizes that this initiative stands against ‘Macaulay’s toxic legacy,’ which intentionally eroded India’s indigenous education and knowledge systems, including the Bhartiya Gyan Parampara and the Gurukul system. It notes that this heritage was replaced with Western culture and the mindset of a colonized nation.
The board is led by Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna, the co-founder of the yoga guru’s FMCG company Patanjali. Other prominent members of the education board include spiritual leader Morari Bapu, Swami Govind Giri Ji (a senior functionary of the board), Shrinivasa Varakhedi (Upadhyaksha), Dr. Nagendra Prasad Singh (the caretaker head), Dr. Punam Suri, and Giridhar Malaviya Sadasya.