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Vedic vidyalayas catch people’s fancy in Uttar Pradesh

The Indian Air Force Surya Kiran aerobatics display team flies in formation past an Indian national flag during the inauguration of Aero India 2009 at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore on February 11, 2009. Aero India 2009 is aimed at bringing under one roof exhibitors from all around the globe to showcase the best in aviation. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)
The Indian Air Force Surya Kiran aerobatics display team flies in formation past an Indian national flag during the inauguration of Aero India 2009 at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore on February 11, 2009. Aero India 2009 is aimed at bringing under one roof exhibitors from all around the globe to showcase the best in aviation. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Allahabad, (Uttar Pradesh), 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.

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 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. (ANI)