Centre to Lure Foreign Students into Yoga Research

BENGALURU: The Union government is making all efforts to promote yoga in education. Besides planning to make it mandatory in all schools, the government is also looking at attracting foreign students to learn yoga.

On the occasion of International Yoga Day on June 21 last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had directed the Union AYUSH Ministry authorities to provide fellowships to foreign students who come to take up research activities in yoga.

Following this, the Union AYUSH Ministry had communicated to all universities throughout the country through the University Grants Commission (UGC) and asked them to send a list of foreign students who are interested in pursuing PhD programmes in yoga.

The circular issued by the AYUSH department states that the ministry will issue fellowships to the candidates selected and recommended by the universities.


“We have received communication from the UGC, but we have not been told about the number of fellowships.

However, the same will be circulated to the colleges and once we get the list, we will send it to the AYUSH Department,” an official from Bangalore University said.

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