After rejecting the idea several times, authorities at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have finally given their nod to the introduction of a short-term certificate course in yoga philosophy.
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.
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.
The approval of the yoga philosophy course holds a special significance as International Yoga Day, celebrated on June 21, is just around the corner. This day is celebrated every year by a large number of countries across the world since its announcement by the United Nations in the year 2014.
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.