The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has recognised six central universities to manage yoga department in order to encourage students to perform it.

The ministry had already appointed a committee, under the chairpersonship of Prof. HR Nagendra, Chancellor, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bengaluru (S-VYASA) for making several recommendations on Yoga Education in Universities.

The universities that are offering the courses are:

  • Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Uttarakhand
  • Visva Bharti Shantiniketan, West Bengal
  • Central University of Rajasthan
  • Central University of Kerala
  • Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Madhya Pradesh
  • Manipur University

“The UGC has already approved the starting the yoga department in these central universities,” the HRD minister, Satya Pal Singh said

These are the various courses offered:

  • Bachelors of Science (Yoga): 3 – 6 years
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga: 1 – 2 years
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy: 1 – 2 years
  • Masters of Science (Yoga): 2 – 4 years