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Yoga in Higher Education 20 March, 2012

Dr. H. R. Nagendra, Vice Chancellor, Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samasthana (VYASA) led the weekly discussion on 20th March 2013 with his talk on “Yoga in Higher Education”.

The talk centred on summary of work done in VYASA.

Man Making Education

The idea is to evolve a holistic education delivery system by combining the wisdom of the east with the technological research of the west by adding “man-making education” to the existing bread earning education by using Para – Apara – Vidya model from the wisdom of Upanishads and practices of Yoga.

The work at VYASA started with residential programs for primary and secondary education students at Arunachal Pradesh in Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas through Integrated Yoga Modules. It started with the work on students on the areas of Eyesight, Voice culture and Hearing, Memory, Concentration, Physical stamina, Creativity, Greed management, Anger, Ego, Team spirit development, Civic Sense, National Awareness and Service urge. This resulted in 100% pass in schools along with 60% first classes and over 5 to 7 ranks every year from 1975 to 1985. Later, this spread to non – residential schools in Kanyakumari, Port Blair and Bangalore.

Later, this work was spread to teacher training programs to bring this technology to private and government schools including thousands of teachers all over the country.

Total Personality Development

Physical Personal Development starts with tolerance to environmental changes such as cold and heat, humidity and aridness etc. Then students develop immunity towards germs and pollutants. There is also a focus towards strength, stamina, dexterity and steadiness.

Students also develop mental personality through yoga in fields of perception (manah), intellect (buddhi), memory (citta), ego (ahankara) and emotions (bhavana), sharper senses and tolerance. Mental personality development also results in better IQ and academic performance.

The university, VYASA

S-VYASA is a unique Yoga University (declared as deemed-to-be University under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956). About 100 MScs and 10 PhDs have come out and about 500 students are now in VYASA.

VYASA is the first ISO: 9001-2008 certified Yoga University.

Five unique divisions have Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors, Masters and PhD programs with syllabus combining the best of the East with that of the West.

VYASA has spread in 56 cities in India and 36 countries across the Globe.

Holistic Research Health Home called “Arogyadhama” in Prashanti Kutiram residential Campus with 250 beds. VYASA has treated over 2,50,000 patients with different ailments in India and abroad, through Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda Nautropathy and Modern medicine.

The university has also successfully organised 18 International Conferences and on yoga research and its applications, numerous seminars and workshops on yoga in India, USA, Singapore, Australia, etc.

The Govt. of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Dept of AYUSH has accorded Center of Excellence in Yoga for S-VYASA. It has an Advanced Center for Research in Yoga & Neurophysiology sponsored by Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR).

The university has received research grants from several national and international granting agencies like DST, DSIR, ICMR, AYUSH, DRDO, NIH, etc.

They have also published 170 research papers in National and International indexed, Peer-reviewed Journals.

The services of the university can be accessed over web on www.svyasa.org.