The JNU is all set to offer a certificate course on “Yoga Philosophy” from the next academic session. The course was approved by its academic council (AC) on Friday. The decision, however, comes after several rejections and objections raised by a section of students and teachers.

The one-year course will be of two semesters during which students will be taught about topics such as ‘yoga in Bhagavad Gita’, ‘yoga for well being’ and ‘yoga tradition–pre-Patanjali and post-Patanjali’.

The “Certificate of Proficiency in Yoga Philosophy” will be open to students of all age groups and there will be no minimum qualification required to apply for the course, said a top JNU official.

The course will be offered by the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies. The proposal to introduce three short-term courses was first floated in 2015.

“Eight modules will be taught under the course. The ‘yoga & ayurveda’ module will teach students about holistic health care. Under ‘yoga in Bhagavad Gita’, we will be teaching about gyaan yoga, bhakti yoga and karm yoga,” Chintamani Mahapatra, JNU Rector said.

-Jyoti Munjal ( Miranda House )


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