With the World Yoga Day (June 21) fast approaching, the Government is making all the efforts to ensure that the country celebrates it with full vigor and enthusiasm. In the line of preparations is the UGC's latest directive to the central Universities asking them to include Yoga training and teaching in the physiotherapy courses they offer. The directive is to include Yoga in bachelor's as well as the master's course.
The secretary of the UGC said that it was in accordance with a letter received from the HRD ministry in this regard. The ministry wanted these inclusions starting from the upcoming academic session.
The secretary of the Ministry, in turn, said that it was the Prime Minister himself who wanted these inclusions to be made in the bachelor's and master's courses of Physiotherapy. The government also wishes that the universities give a preference to the students who carry with them a level of expertise when it comes to yoga, while deciding admissions to the Bachelor's courses of Physiotherapy.
A committee appointed by the government to look into yoga education in universities, headed by HR Nagendra, who is also considered to be the yoga guru of PM Narendra Modi, had recommended yoga syllabus for a 4-year bachelor's course and a 2-year masters course in physiotherapy.
The committee had made several recommendations related to setting up of yoga departments in universities.
Among the recommendations was a suggestion that Ramdev's Patanjali Yogpeeth and Nagendra's S-VYASA Yoga University be utilized to set up the Yoga departments.