Ahead of Yoga Day, JNU Academic Council Approves Course In Yoga

The proposal was rejected by the JNU Academic Council several times after a section of students and professors objected to it.

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Ahead of Yoga Day, JNU Academic Council Approves Course In Yoga

The JNU Academic Council has approved the place to introduce a short-term course on Yoga.

New Delhi:  Jawaharlal Nehru University or JNU's top decision-making body has approved the university's plan to introduce a short-term course in yoga, ahead of International Yoga day on Wednesday. The proposal was rejected by the Academic Council several times after a section of students and professors objected to it.

The proposal to introduce three short-term courses in yoga and Indian culture was made in 2015 after organisations like the RSS wanted Indian culture to be taught in campuses.

While the course in Yoga philosophy has been approved, it is unclear if the other two courses in Indian culture have been approved.

June 21 was named the International Yoga Day by the United Nations in 2015 after the resolution, proposed by PM Modi, was adopted by 177 nations without a vote. In his monthly radio address, Mann ki Baat this month, PM Modi asked people to take pictures of their family performing asanas on Yoda Day and upload them on the 'Narendra Modi App' or 'MyGov'.

The University Grants Commission or UGC and the union HRD ministry had asked the university officials to come up with the proposal on the three courses. The Academic Council had rejected this proposal twice - in November 2015 and later in October last year after the university's departments were asked to rework on the course structure.

The university was at the center of a controversy last year after the sedition case and arrest of the then student union president Kanhaiya Kumar and two other students. The incident had triggered massive student protests in the campus for weeks. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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