This year’s NET exam might see yoga as one of the subjects
The Committee on Yoga Education in Universities, formed by the HRD Ministry in January, this year, has recommended that yoga be included as a subject in the national eligibility test (NET) from this academic year onwards.
The Committee on Yoga Education in Universities, formed by the HRD Ministry in January, this year, has recommended that yoga be included as a subject in the national eligibility test (NET) from this academic year onward, so that prospective teachers are more likely to consider it as a viable career option.
The committee is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s yoga guru HR Nagendra.
- In India, yoga is taught as a discipline in 52 institutions
- However, only 16 of these offer a Master’s degree course in the subject
What are the recommendations of the yoga committee?
- The committee recommended that yoga be included as a subject in NET from this academic year onwards, so that prospective teachers are more likely to consider it as a viable career option
- It called for enrolling experts from yoga institutes, such as Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth, into various universities as guest lecturers under the stipulated salary according to the University Grants Commission (UGC) norms
- It asked that a separate faculty be created for the discipline under the name of ‘yogic art and science’ instead of listing yoga under disciplines such as education, sports and philosophy
- The committee suggested that central universities launch six yoga courses at various levels such as – degree, diploma, certificate, post graduate degree/diploma, and research
- “There are a number of yoga paramparas (traditions) that are followed across the country. Our task was to put in place a syllabus that will be accepted by all universities and bring in greater uniformity in this regard. We recommend that it be taught at all universities,” said committee member Pundit Radheshyam Mishra, who is also the director of the Ujjain Yoga Life Society International,
- Nagendra said that the committee had already prepared the syllabus for all the six courses to be offered, and that the NET syllabus for the subject was also ready
- The syllabi for the certificate and diploma courses were developed by Mishra, while Patanjali Yogpeeth prepared the Master’s degree syllabus.
“Since setting up a full-fledged faculty will take time, the committee has suggested the names of several yoga experts who can teach at the universities in the beginning,” said Mishra
- A sub-committee will soon be formed to write texts on yoga, which will be UGC-published and passed on to central universities.
What is the next step?
The panel’s suggestions have been submitted to the UGC as a report, which will now be revised by the HRD and the UGC to come out with final directives.
How will including yoga as a subject under NET help people?
- Inclusion of yoga in NET will promote the disciple as a viable career option
- “Post-graduates in yoga have been unable to get teaching jobs because there was no NET conducted for yoga. We have recommended that it be included as a subject from this academic year itself,” Mishra said