The Yoga Institute, located in Santacruz East, Mumbai has been given the permission to conduct government certified yoga courses. This is the first yoga school which has been given the authority to do so by the Ministry of AYUSH. The Yoga Institute is one of the oldest Yoga centre is the world. As per the certification, the scheme will be fully managed by the Quality Council of India (QCI). The institute went through heavy evaluation after which it was authorized to become the first yoga school that will conduct Government Certified Courses. This is a very positive step that has been taken by the government and will surely benefit a lot of people who want to learn Yoga and also want to make a career in this field.
The announcement of offering the certification was made at the recently held International Conference in New Delhi which was organized by Ministry of AYUSH. The speaker of the Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan gave the certificate to the Director of the Yoga Institute, Hansaji Jayadeva Yogendra. The certificate was given in the presence of renowned personalities including Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman of QCI and Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of AYUSH. Hansaji was applauded by all at the conference for her contribution to the noble mission of spreading the benefits of Yoga in all parts of the country.
Hansaji said “Yoga has definitely come up strong as a life style and its relevance and benefits are far reaching. The importance of Yoga has been globally accepted in the form of International Yoga Day celebrated every year on 21st June. Our Prime Minister has desired to spread India’s traditional knowledge worldwide with credible systems which shall provide India the leadership in assuring quality of Yoga practices across the world. And The Yoga Institute, Santacruz, which is the oldest Yoga Training Centre in the world, has adhered to the original and true principles of the Yoga way of life.”
She further added, “The Ministry of AYUSH in pursuance of the above and in the wake of the declaration of International Day of Yoga recognizes there is a huge demand for Yoga experts at national and international level. The Ministry of AYUSH identified QCI to develop a Voluntary Scheme for Evaluation and Certification of Yoga Professionals recognizing that QCI has expertise in developing such quality frameworks based on international best practices. We are proud and privileged that The Yoga Institute, Santacruz, has been evaluated and certified as adhering to best-in-class world class practices in Yoga.”
Last year, the then HRD Minister Smriti Irani had said that Yoga would be included as a compulsory subject in Central schools and even proposed all the state governments to adopt it as an optional subject.