ISKCON Rupanuga Vedic College Kansas
In 1974, under Srila Prabhupada’s direction, a system for recruiting and training new adult students in the science of bhakti-yoga was established. This system became known as the Bhakta Program throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s with Danavir Goswami as its worldwide inaugurator-coordinator. Gradually further academic emphasis was added to the program.
In 1990 Danavir Goswami and some assistants moved to Florida hoping to establish a Vedic college seminary. At that time it was learned that a Vedic college of the name Florida Vedic College (FVC) had recently been formed. By cooperation a branch campus of the FVC was formed near Tampa and from there Danavir Goswami forged a cooperative relationship with Professor of Religions Nathan Katz at the University of South Florida (USF). By the professor’s effort, the university acknowledged the value of some courses offered by FVC and agreed to allow USF students to take them for full exchange/transfer of credit. Danavir Goswami taught three semesters of first and second semester beginning Sanskrit to both FVC and USF undergraduate and graduate students on both campuses.
In 1995, the Bhakta Program Institute (BPI) was established as a world headquarters for Bhakta Programs and the AVC semester course. Its first publication was Fortunate Souls; The Bhakta Program Manual a 760 page treatise.
The next year, 1996, marking Srila Prabhupada’s Centennial, Danavir Goswami and some assistants, inaugurated the Rupanuga Vedic College following the master plan imparted earlier in 1962. Also that year an annual supplementary journal called Vaisnava Society was published. In 1998 and 1999 the college was located in Kansas City, Missouri at McGee and 63rd Streets where a few dozen students took RVC courses progressing toward their degrees and titles while continuing their full devotional services within ISKCON.
It is the sole purpose of the RVC to execute the will of Srila Prabhupada through the teachings and example of Srila Rupa Goswami. In particular, the literary works of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada constitute the final conclusion (siddhanta) on all subject matters. Rupanuga Vedic College is a seminarial branch of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness meant to provide the supreme education.