After a long drawn game of rejections and objections by the
students and teachers, the top decision making body of the JNU finally approved
the JNU's proposal to introduce a short term course in yoga.
"A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of
the Academic Council on Thursday. It will be an excellent idea to celebrate
Yoga Day (on June 21) by approving the much-debated course," a senior
university official said.
The proposal to introduce three short term courses on Indian
culture and yoga first came into light in 2015 with an aim to promote India's
culture, rich heritage and to restore its cultural identity. After holding
various communications with the HRD Ministry and University Grants Commission,
the University issued a draft on three courses in its various schools and
departments for their views and feedback.
The proposal, at first, however, was rejected by the Academic
Council (AC), which is university's statutory decision making body.
While the course in Yoga Philosophy has been
approved by the Academic council, there is yet no word from the officials on
the other two courses proposed on Indian Culture. According to the draft
proposed the main aim of the course on Indian culture is to propound the
importance of the Indian culture and explore its etymological, social,
spiritual, cultural and mythological aspects and to establish the Indian values
in the world.