JAMMU: Governor N N Vohra, Chairman of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, felicitated 9 outstanding students of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul, Charan Paduka, Katra, for their excellent performances in academics, at a function held at the Raj Bhavan here on Monday.
Presently, 151 students are studying in classes 6th to Shastri Part-I in the fully residential Gurukul, established by the Shrine Board in 2010, which is affiliated with the Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi, a leading Sanskrit University in India. All the students are provided education, boarding, lodging, uniforms, books and other required facilities at the cost of the Board.
According to an official handout, the governor while congratulating the students also complimented former Chairman, Governing Council of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul, Dr S S Bloeria, Chairman, Governing Council of the Gurukul, B B Vyas, Director, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul, and Member, Governing Council of the Gurukul, Prof Vihwamurty Shastri, for successfully guiding the Gurukul’s functioning and for the excellent standards achieved by it. Governor expressed appreciation of the work put in by the Acharyas and teachers for imparting education of very high standard to the students.
The governor suggested introduction of scholarships for enabling the Acharya pass outs to pursue post graduation and, later, doctoral studies in the best Sanskrit institutions of India. He advised that a comprehensive scholarship which would cover the cost of tuition fee, boarding, lodging and transportation expenses may be evolved and recommended by the Governing Council of the Gurukul, the handout read.
Vohra presented Appreciation Letters, a set of the Commemorative Coins of Shrine Board and cash prizes to Gotam Sharma, Shubham Sharma, Anish Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Sharma, Prikshit Sharma, Nand Lal, Raghav Ramotra and Gourav Sharma.
In his introductory remarks, Director of the Gurukul, Prof Vihwamurty Shastri gave a resume of the aims, objectives, history and growth of the Gurukul and highlighted the achievements of the institution in varied fields, since its establishment, it added.