FROM THE new academic session which is commencing next month, the National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE), the nursing institute of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), has decided to include yoga in the extra-curricular activities of the students.
During the International Yoga Day celebrations in June, the NINE management had announced that they would include yoga in the daily routine of students who are studying nursing at the institute.
“Our next session is starting from September. We have decided to include yoga in extra-curricular activities for the nursing students pursuing the four-year nursing course from the institute,” Dr Sandhya Ghai, principal, NINE, told Chandigarh Newsline. “The nursing students will perform yoga for the selected hours listed in the curriculum under extra-curricular activities category.”
Dr Sandhya added that one of the students was conducting a research on the effects of yoga. “A PhD student is conducting a study on the impact of yoga on patients who are undergoing chemotherapy,” she said.
Earlier in June, during the International Yoga Day celebrations which were held in the city and were led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Capitol Complex, 180 students of NINE were selected for the event.
However, there is no plan by PGI to start yoga activities for its doctors and faculty staff. “There is no immediate plan of the institute, but in future it could happen,” said PGI spokeswoman Manju Wadwalkar.