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With the growing popularity of the ancient science of Vasthu Sastra, the diploma course in traditional architecture (correspondence) offered by the State-run Vasthu Vidya Gurukulam at Aranmula has many takers among bureaucrats, engineers, technocrats and businessmen.

The District Superintendent of Police, T. Chandran, IPS, is one among those who joined this year's course. This is for the first time an official attached to the Indian Police Service is joining the Gurukulam, which has bureaucrats attached to the Indian Railway Service, Indian Engineering Service and Military Engineering Service among its alumni.

Mr. Chandran told The Hindu that it was nothing but curiosity to learn more on Vasthu Sastra that made him join the course.

Mr. Chandran, who joined the State police while he was an M.Sc. (Chemistry) student at St. Thomas College, Thrissur, in 1970, says it is high time Vasthu Sastra was protected from exploitation by `quacks.'

The Vasthu exponent Kanipayoor Krishnan Namboodiripad, the Sanskrit scholar A. Mohanakshan Nair, the Government astrologer K. Balakrishna Warrier and the Gurukulam Vasthu consultant and engineer Manoj S. Nair are taking the contact classes.

A total of 171 students belonging to different age groups have been admitted to this year's correspondence course which began today.

By Radhakrishnan Kuttoor in Pathanamthitta

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