Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has finally shown a green flag to augment short term course in yoga and Vedas. This verdict was taken on 21st June on the occasion of International Yoga Day. The introduction of yoga as a short term course has faced many challenges, restrictions, and rejections before finally getting approved.
In October 2015, JNU intended the introduction of short courses on yoga and Indian Culture. These courses aimed at developing the religious and mythological factors of the Indian tradition. The inclusion of these subjects faced a lot of opposition and objections by the teachers as well as the students. In November 2015, the proposal was rejected by the legal decision-making body of the university-AC (Academic Council). But in the month of May 2016, the case was reconsidered, and the Academic Council was asked to rethink about the decision and present it in front of the committee. The new proposal again faced rejection in the month of October 2016.
The one year Yoga course will have two semesters and will cover topics such as ‘Yoga for well being’, ‘Yoga in Bhagavad Gita’, ‘Yoga tradition- pre-Patanjali and Post-Patanjali’.
The council has approved the yoga course, but still, there are no signs for a green flag for the course on Indian culture. In accordance with the proposed documents, the plan of introducing the Indian Culture course aims at enhancing the country’s social, cultural, spiritual, mythological and etymological aspects.
The introduction of Yoga course aims at the betterment of human life and health. This course will not only focus on meditation and concentration but will help in attaining good health of students. The Indian Culture course will encompass traditions, thoughts, and texts of different cultures of India. The course will also have content from the Jatakas and Ramayana. The course will also focus on the Indian values and rituals and promote peace, friendship, and brotherhood. These are aimed at making human life more desirable and valuable. This inclusion is a step to take the Indian values and rituals a step higher.