NEW DELHI: Ahead of International Yoga Day on June 21, the premier Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has approved a short-term course in yoga.
The proposal to introduce three short-term courses in Indian culture and yoga was first floated in 2015 against the backdrop of right wing organisations insisting on propagation of culture on educational campuses to promote India’s rich heritage and restore its cultural identity Following various communications from the HRD Ministry the University Grants Commission (UGC), JNU had then circulated a draft of three courses among its various schools and departments for their feedback. The proposal was rejected by the Academic Council, in November 2015.
However, the varsity had in May last year decided to reconsider it and the departments were asked to rework on the proposed course structure and place it before the council.
The proposal was again rejected in the Academic Council meeting in October last year. While the course in Yoga Philosophy has been approved, there is no word yet on the two courses proposed on Indian culture.