Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 | Last Update : 01:35 PM IST
Coming as good news for the students pursuing yoga as a subject in the universities and colleges, the University Grants Commission has approved yoga to be included in the National Eligibility Test (NE
Coming as good news for the students pursuing yoga as a subject in the universities and colleges, the University Grants Commission has approved yoga to be included in the National Eligibility Test (NET) from next year.
At a full Commission meeting of UGC last week, it was decided to allow candidates with graduation and post graduation degrees in yoga to take the NET examination.
The decision came after months when a panel set up by ministry of human resource development (MHRD) had ruled out inclusion of yoga in NET subjects. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s yoga guru H. R. Nagendra, who headed the committee, had recommended this in order to make it a more attractive career option for the ones learning it in all institutions.
“Since there was no NET exam conducted for post-graduates students in yoga, they found it difficult to secure a teaching job but with this decision there will be speedy recruitment of teachers in all universities and colleges,” a senior official said.
At present, yoga is being taught as a subject at 52 institutions across the country with 16 of them offering masters degree in the discipline. The apex higher education regulator had recently directed six central universities to open yoga departments making yoga as an important part of the curriculum. The panel had also pitched for enrolling experts from institutes such as Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth as guest lecturers at various universities while paying them in accordance with the salary norms of the UGC. NET is a test conducted by the CBSE for determining the eligibility of candidates for the post of assistant professor in universities and colleges. The nation-wide test also determines eligibility for grant of junior research fellowships.