Yoga may soon be available as a course at universities in India. Plans have been underway to draft both graduate and undergraduate courses in yoga.
As reported in the The New Indian Express, government sources revealed to them that Union Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) will oversee the development of the courses to ensure they meet worldwide industry standard set for yoga.
Despite critisims that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been using yoga to promote the saffronization of education, supporters say that yoga has been embraced worldwide and making it more popular at home in India could provide employment opportunities for hundreds as well as promote self-care and overall healthy lifestyles.
“It will generate jobs for unemployed youths in a big way. In India, yoga centres have mushroomed where there is really dearth of good teachers who have an understanding of yoga. By propagating and legalising yoga as a study, it will prove to be a catalyst,” said an official with the Ministry of AYUSH.
Currently, Masters Degrees in Yoga are already offered at 18 colleges, 25 universities, and six Central universities. Reportedly, over 3,000 students are already taking up yoga courses.
With this plan the government seeks to introsuce yoga as a university and varsity course to 693 universities all over the country.