Writing to the vice-chancellors of all the universities and higher education institutes (HEIs) in India, the University Grant Commission (UGC) has directed all the higher education institutes to observe the International Yoga Day 2021 on 21 June 2021. In the wake of the pandemic, and to pursue COVID appropriate behavior, the UGC has also urged the universities to observe and organize the events in an online mode.
“Be with Yoga, be at home” will be the theme for International Yoga Day, and UGC asked the varsities to observe the event to promote building immunity and relief from stress.
The UGC further urged the faculty members, officers, and staff adn even students to take an online pledge to make Yoga an integral part of their life at yoqa.ayush.gov.in.
Stressing on the use of social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc UGC urged to maximize the use of digital, virtual and electronic platforms over the physical congregation of people.
To facilitate online participation in IDY-2021 on June 21, varsities have been directed to maximize the use of online platforms and upload videos.
IDY handbook reference, a copy of the common yoga protocol, has also been uploaded on the website, yoga.ayush.gov.in. Institutes can refer to it for suggested activities for IDY-2021. The details of the events carried on the day at various institutions will have to be then uploaded on the UGC websites – UGC.ac.in.