After several rejections, JNU approves yoga course
Two courses on Indian culture continue to wait for approval. Photograph: (Others)
After several rejections, JNU will now offer a short-term course in yoga philosphy.
The course has been approved by the university's academic council, which had earlier rejected it.
"A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Academic Council on Thursday. It will be an excellent idea to celebrate Yoga Day (on June 21) by approving the much-debated course," PTI reported a a senior university official as saying.
The proposal to introduce the course on yoga and two courses on Indian culture was first floated in 2015.
Hindu right-wing organisations like the RSS have been keen on propagating "Indian culture" on campuses.
But the courses were rejected by the academic council.
PTI reported that the "proposal was rejected by the Academic Council (AC), the university's statutory decision making body, in November, 2015. However, the varsity had in May last year decided to reconsider it and the departments were asked to rework on the proposed course structure and place it before the council."
And that "the proposal was again rejected in the Academic Council meeting in October last year.
Teachers from JNU though have been at pains to point out that the courses were not "rejected" -- but sent back for reconsideration and reworking because they had been found wanting.
While the course in yoga philosophy has now been approved, there is no word yet on the two courses proposed on Indian culture.