A proposal to introduce three short term courses, one on yoga philosophy and two on Indian culture, was initially suggested in 2015 when several right wing organizations, including the RSS, wanted India’s culture to be taught to students in campuses. Following this, a draft of the three courses was presented before various departments of the university.
Students practicing yoga DNA/PTI
The proposal was, however, rejected by the Academic Council (AC), the statutory decision making body of JNU in November 2015. In May 2016, it was reconsidered when departments reworked the course structure and presented it to the council. The council again rejected the proposal in October 2016.
Now, the short-term certificate course on yoga philosophy has been approved, whereas the two courses on Indian culture have yet not been approved.
Mumbai Mirror quotes a senior official of JNU saying,
A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Academic Council on Thursday. It will be an excellent idea to celebrate Yoga Day (on June 21) by approving the much-debated course.