Mysuru: It’s good news for students who want to learn traditional medicine and yoga to cure diseases as Nature Cure and Yoga College, the only government college in the state which teaches yoga and naturopathy, has got an approval to admit more students from the coming academic year.

The city has turned into a popular destination for students, especially foreigners, who are passionate about learning yoga and nature cure. Internationally acclaimed yoga masters like T Krishnamachari, B K S Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois and many others had also chosen the city for learning and practising the ancient art.

In order to promote the traditional art, the government set up the college in Brindavan Extension in 2006 with an admission for just 25 students a year. But following high demand for the courses which it offers, the authorities recently approached the authorities of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS, to which the college is affiliated) to increase the student intake.

College principal Dr Uma S Soudi told TOI: “Because of quality in our education, which we offer under various subjects, there has been a huge demand for seats from across the country. There was a time when youths were hesitant to study yoga and nature care subjects. But now, the field has become competitive as it offers good job opportunities. Our college has been providing excellent coaching to students, and it is natural for many youths to join here,” she said.
The college is presently offering Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences (BNYS) course. Uma said that a four-member team from RGUHS recently visited the college to inspect the infrastructure and quality of education. “There were satisfied with the quality of teaching and the facilities provided to the students in the campus. They have given an approval to increase in the intake from 25 to 60 seats. The college will take up admissions from next academic year,” she added.
Dr G K Pallavi, a faculty member, said that there are plenty of job opportunities for graduates. “The government has decided to appoint nature cure and yoga graduates to government primary health centres, hospitals and other departments. So there is great demand to learn the subjects,” she added. Over the years, many private yoga and nature cure centres have also mushroomed in the city, and they claim to cure diseases and improve fitness.