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Shoolini University’s 3-year B. Sc.(Yoga) gets a kick start

Shoolini University recently launched a slew of new-age courses for their students. One of them, a unique undergraduate program in Yoga (BSc in Yoga), was kick-started recently by Swami KrishnanandaGiri, who is a senior member of the YogodaSatsang Society (YSS) of India.On their first day, the batch comprising 15 students, was joined by other YSS members, yoga practitioners from the region and Shoolini’s senior faculty members.

With this new and unique degree program in Yoga, Shoolini has become the first to offer such a course in the northern region. The course has been introduced by the university after realizing the growing relevance and importance of yoga all over the world. The Yoga program offered by the university is mentored by Prof. P. K. Khosla, who himself is practicing Transcendental Yoga for over two decades now.

There is a growing demand for yoga practitioners in India and abroad. According to a 2016 report by Yoga Alliance on the Yoga industry in United States, 36 million Americans practice the art every year. This is a rise of 76%compared to 2012and more than double the figuresof 2008. Interestingly, the US also produces many Yoga practitioners every year. Clearly, there is a rapidly-growing need for Yoga practitioners and Shoolini University aspires to close some of that.

Swami KrishnanandaGiri, who is also an alumnus of IIT Bombay, spoke at the event, “Yoga is a science as well as an art because it involved scientific techniques and also was a way of life.” He asked students to acknowledge the importance of this special program which will not only educate them, but will also show them the ideal way to live a perfect life. He also emphasized the importance of practical over theory in Yoga. Swami Krishnananda, who started his career as a teacher, is a follower of ParamahansaYogananda.

During the occasion, a book on Yoga titled ‘Seven Days of Excellence’ authored by AL Gupta was also released. ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ was distributed to all the students by Prof. Vinod Kumar.