: The Union Ministry for Human Resource Development has recognised Vasthu Vidya Gurukulam (VVG) at Aranmula as the national nodal agency for ‘Vasthu vidya' and related subjects in the absence of a national council for the same, said P.N. Suresh, Gurukulam executive director.

Mr. Suresh said efforts were under way to elevating the Gurukulam as a national institute and a deemed university. He said the State Cabinet had decided to hand over four acres of land in the custody of the Co-operative Academy for Professional Education (CAPE) to VVG for constructing the proposed Gurukulam administrative complex in Aranmula.

As it would require 10 acres of land for a deemed university, efforts are on to purchase six more acres in the vicinity of the land earmarked for allotment, Mr. Suresh said.

The proposed VVG complex will house a national architectural museum, administrative office, mural institute and regional design

centre, he added. Mr. Suresh said a detailed report of the proposed project, estimated to cost Rs.25 crore, has been submitted to the Union government. The Department of Culture attached to the Union government has reached an understanding with the Gurukulam to sanction Rs.14 crore for the proposed project, he said.