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yoga part of physiotherapy course – UGC

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Make yoga part of physiotherapy course, says UGC

NEW DELHI: University Grants Commission has written to all universities that yoga teaching may be included in bachelors and masters’ programmes of physiotherapy.

This was part of a series of decisions taken by the government after a meeting held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the preparedness for International Yoga Day celebrations on June 21.

The HRD ministry, after accepting a report on yoga education by HR Nagendra, has asked UGC to incorporate yoga in the list of recognised degrees. Four central universities have been identified to implement the government’s yoga education programme.

This includes Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna University (Uttarakhand) in the north, Visva Bharati in the east, Central University of Rajasthan or Central University of Gujarat in Gandhinagar in the west, Central University of Kerala, Kasargod in the south, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak in central India and Manipur University in north-east.

Interestingly, among yoga universities and institutes whose expertise will be sought includes Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthanam, Bengaluru of which Nagendra is the chancellor. The list also includes Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth (Haridwar), Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya ( Haridwar), Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (New Delhi) and Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute (Pune).

It has also been decided that a student can do Certificate Course in Yoga (CCY) and Bachelor of Science (Yoga) after Class XII. Students from any stream can do diploma in yoga. There will also be PG diploma in yoga therapy which can be done after medical graduation of four years or more.

The HRD ministry has also said that UGC should constitute a committee of experts in consultation with the ministry of AYUSH for creation of good quality text books and manuals for the syllabus.

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