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The Committee on Yoga Education in Universities, formed by the HRD Ministry in January, this year, has recommended that the UGC provide grants of 10 crore to institutions for them to open new departments of Yogic Art and Science.

The Committee on Yoga Education in Universities, formed by the HRD Ministry in January, this year, has recommended that the UGC provide grants of 10 crore to institutions for them to open new departments of Yogic Art and Science.

The 12-member committee is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s yoga guru HR Nagendra.

(Read: HRD Ministry forms committee on yoga education in universities)

Where is yoga taught as a discipline in India?

  • In India, yoga is taught as a discipline in 52 institutions
  • However, only 16 of these offer a Master’s degree course in the subject

What are the recommendations of the yoga committee?

  • The committee recommended that yoga be included as a subject in NET from this academic year onwards, so that prospective teachers are more likely to consider it as a viable career option
  • It called for enrolling experts from yoga institutes, such as Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth, into various universities as guest lecturers under the stipulated salary according to the University Grants Commission (UGC) norms
  • It asked that a separate faculty be created for the discipline under the name of ‘Yogic Art and Science’ instead of listing yoga under disciplines such as education, sports and philosophy
  • “The committee has also recommended that UGC provide grants of Rs 10 crore to universities and colleges for creating Departments of Yogic Art and Science and to run them for a few years,” said a committee member
  • The committee suggested that central universities launch six yoga courses at various levels such as – degree, diploma, certificate, post graduate degree/diploma, and research
  • There will be two branches of PhD courses– one for general purposes and the other, for therapy
  • “There are a number of yoga paramparas (traditions) that are followed across the country. Our task was to put in place a syllabus that will be accepted by all universities and bring in greater uniformity in this regard. We recommend that it be taught at all universities,” said committee member Pundit Radheshyam Mishra, who is also the director of the Ujjain Yoga Life Society International, in an HT report
  • Nagendra said that the committee had already prepared the syllabus for all the six courses to be offered, and that the NET syllabus for the subject was also ready. The focus in the various courses is reportedly on the practical aspects of yoga
  • The syllabi for the certificate and diploma courses were developed by Mishra, while Patanjali Yogpeeth prepared the Master’s degree syllabus
  • The committee will also work on the core and elective courses of the curricula and determine the eligibility criteria of students for joining the Yoga Education Programmes
  • “Since setting up a full-fledged faculty will take time, the committee has suggested the names of several yoga experts who can teach at the universities in the beginning,” said Mishra
  • A sub-committee of UGC will soon be formed to write texts on yoga, which will be UGC-published and passed on to central universities.

What is the next step?

The panel’s suggestions have been submitted to the UGC as a report, which will now be revised by the HRD and the UGC to come out with final directives.

How will including yoga as a subject under NET help people?

  • Inclusion of yoga in NET will promote the disciple as a viable career option
  • “Post-graduates in yoga have been unable to get teaching jobs because there was no NET conducted for yoga. We have recommended that it be included as a subject from this academic year itself,” Mishra said.

 

Yoga education committee asks 10 Cr UGC grants to form yoga departments in institutes : News.

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