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Government committee suggests yoga education in universities


An officially committee has recommended introduction of full-fledged Yoga courses in the Indian universities. The committee, set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in January this year, submitted its report in April and has recommended five degree courses in Yoga. These are Bachelors, Masters, Doctor of Philosophy, Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga and Post Graduate in Yoga Therapy.

The Committee has also prescribed the details of courses to be run and qualification of yoga faculty in its report.  The courses may also form the basis for selection of Yoga Instructor for Universities/colleges, the committee has said. This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

Also, the Ministry of AYUSH has adopted various measures to make the AYUSH systems of medicines people-friendly through various central Sector Schemes like Information, Education and Communication (IEC), Public Health Initiatives, Centre of Excellence,  research Councils, and the National AYUSH Mission, Mr Naik said. As a result of these measures, there have been many achievements in the field of AYUSH by was of development of medicines through research like AYUSH-82 for Diabetes Mellitus, training and accreditation of Yoga instructors, the NABH accreditation of AYUSH Colleges initiated and signing of Mous with various countries including USA."

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