UGC plans to of­fer BSc, MSc in yoga

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Bra­jesh Ku­mar let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

The Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion (UGC) has planned to in­duct yoga into the curriculum of pub­lic-funded uni­ver­si­ties, hop­ing to cash in on the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s push for the an­cient dis­ci­pline and its grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity across the world.

The apex reg­u­la­tory body for higher ed­u­ca­tion has pre­pared a pro­posal to in­tro­duce BSc and MSc in yoga in all 40 cen­tral uni­ver­si­ties from the 2016-17 aca­demic ses­sion and, later, in state and deemed uni­ver­si­ties, sources said.

“It is im­per­a­tive that In­dian uni­ver­si­ties en­gage them­selves in strength­en­ing sci­en­tific ev­i­dence of the pos­i­tive ef­fects of yoga and med­i­ta­tion on hu­man health. In or­der to pursue ed­u­ca­tion and prac­tice in yoga, it is pro­posed to es­tab­lish cen­tres and de­part­ments of yoga in the pub­lic-funded uni­ver­si­ties,” the pro­posal says.

The move came a year af­ter the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly adopted an In­dia-led res­o­lu­tion to de­clare June 21 as In­ter­na­tional Day of Yoga.


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