Yoga to be start in 6 central universities this year, says Smriti Irani


The initiative has been taken by Department of yogic arts and sciences to start Yoga in six central universities from the academic session 2016 to 2017.

The HRD minister has decided to include yoga in six central universities this year with Central government's plan to introduce the subject in higher education.

This plan was announced by Human Resource and Development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani, on Saturday, June 18.

Announcement made by the minister:

  • With expert panel recommendation, a department of yoga is to be established in all central universities
  • First phase of implementation would include six institutions representing north, south, east, west and the northeast
  • Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Uttarakhand, Visva Bharati in Santiniketan, Central University of Kerala, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University in Amarkantak, Manipur University in Imphal and either the Central University of Rajasthan in Ajmer or Central University of Gujarat in Gandhinagar will begin Bachelor's, Master's, postgraduate diploma, PhD and certificate courses in yoga from this academic session.

Professor H R Nagendra had deposited its report in April and had even prescribed the syllabus for the courses.
The panel had also recommended an initial grant of Rs 10 crore for each university over five years to set up the department of yogic arts and sciences.