UGC plans to set up yoga and meditation classes at varsities

October 11, 2014

In a bid to promote health consciousness among students, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has proposed the setting up of system offering yoga and meditation classes to students on university campus. The move came as a result of the speech addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the United Nations (UN), where he had urged one and all to adopt an International Yoga Day. According to UGC's recommendation, the programme will raise health awareness among students involving lessons on yoga and meditation. The idea might seem new to many in India, but it is a norm abroad. This will provide students a positive outlook to life and ways to decrease their stress. UGC officials further shared, "A clean and healthy mind is as important as clean environment". This initiative is an extension of the the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Started by Human Resource Developent Minister Smriti Irani on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Gujarat, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was started to clean the environmental surroundings. The two programmes combined can benefit not only to a cleaner environment but also a healthy mind. UGC officials have also clarified that apart from offering yoga classes, universities as well as affiliated colleges also need to create awareness about healthy diets, benefits of exercise, drugs and substance abuse and promoting communal harmony

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