JNU approves short-term course on yoga, will decide on programmes on 'Indian culture' soon


New Delhi: After several rejections and objections raised by a section of students and teachers, JNU's proposal to introduce a short-term course in yoga has finally been approved by the varsity's top decision making body.

"A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the academic council on Thursday. It will be an excellent idea to celebrate Yoga Day (on 21 June) by approving the much-debated course," a senior university official said.

File image of JNU campus. Image Courtesy: JNU website

File image of JNU campus. Image Courtesy: JNU website

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 such as the RSS 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 and 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 (AC), the university's statutory decision making body, 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.

According to the proposed draft, the course on Indian culture is aimed at expounding the importance of the country's culture as well as exploring the etymological, social, spiritual, cultural and mythological aspects and establishing Indian values in the world.


Published Date: Jun 18, 2017 01:13 pm | Updated Date: Jun 18, 2017 01:13 pm


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