From next year, people with knowledge of yoga may be given preference in admissions to physiotherapy programmes in colleges and universities.
The University Grants Commission (UGC), under the ministry of human resource development (HRD), will decide whether to grant preferences to practitioners of yogas applying to physiotherapy programmes at its next meeting, said a senior official in the UGC.
The UGC could not reach a consensus on the proposal at the August 24 meeting, according to official minutes of the meeting obtained by the HT.
According to a senior UGC official, the proposal, if accepted, would come into effect by 2018.
Last year, the HRD asked the UGC to make instruction in yoga a part of bachelor’s and master’s courses in physiotherapy.
It then wrote to all central universities suggesting they form yoga courses based on the syllabus available on website of the department of ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy. The UGC official said this letter suggested that prior experience with yoga should be a criterion for evaluating physiotherapy applicants.
Last year, the UGC approved the establishment of undergraduate and postgraduate yoga departments at central universities. Six have set up programs so far.
YOGA TO BE TAUGHT IN SOUTH KOREA
Yoga will soon be taught in South Korea and NCERT has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with that country’s Academy of Korean Studies in this regard.
The MoU includes vocational education, information technology, special education and Yoga, health and physical education, NCERT director Hrushikesh Senapaty said.
A senior NCERT officials said they are identifying areas and will also soon start faculty exchange, where experts will be visiting Korea in future.