University Grants Commission has sent a letter to universities and their Vice-Chancellors, telling them to organize the yoga fest for two to three days in order to prepare students for International Day of Yoga. UGC has asked universities to organize yoga fest in the month of April-May.
In the letter, the secretary of UGC, Prof. Dr. Jaspal S Sandhu said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized the importance of yoga for the youth, so that it channelizes their energy and they can help in nation building.
The letter said, “You are requested to organize 2-3 days ‘Yoga Fest’ during April- May 2016, where students could be sensitized about the strengths and health benefits of yoga. They may also be trained in the common yoga protocol (CYP) to be performed on International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2016, which is available at the website of the Ministry of Ayush.”
Also, the Vice Chancellors have been given instructions that the faculty and students should be given training in the morning hours of the day so that they are prepared for the main event. They will be given training by the Yoga practitioners. Universities have also been instructed to organize an online competition on essay writing where the students will be given certificates and prizes.
The letter also talked about various cultural activities (purely based on Yoga) that could be done. Along with that, experts will be called to give lectures on different subjects like that of ‘Yoga for Wellness’, ‘Yuva Yoga’, ‘Yoga and Detoxification’, and ‘Power of Pranayama’.
The International Day of Yoga was proposed by the Prime Minister in his first speech when he was addressing to the 69th UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014. After that the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to observe 21st June as the International Day of Yoga every year.