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WHO acknowledges age old benefits of Yoga and Ayurveda

Around 20 million Americans practice yoga. It is a $6 billion industry and researchers are continuing to study its benefits.

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World Health Organisation has chosen Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga as its collaborating centre (CC). This CC is going to develop research guildelines for yoga studies while while Institute of PG Training and Research in Ayurveda has be chosen for research in ayurveda.

Due to this country will get a major fillip towards traditional medical system, including yoga across the world. Till date India never had a collaborating centre for WHO inspite of having a large number of Ayush institutions and 32 collaborating centres for modern medicine. Today WHO has 22 collaborating centres for traditional medicine including India.

The two CCs will the WHO body to setup policies and regulatory standards for yoga and Ayurveda. The designation status will be effective for a period of four years, from April 5, 2013.

 “MDNIY has attained the privilege to be the only WHO collaborating centre in the world to engage in achieving yoga specific outcomes,” Institute’s director Ishwar V Basavaraddi told reporters on Friday.Holistic-health

He said that due to the global demand and popularity of the yoga for health care, the two institutes can offer more than just being collaborating centre like by generating information and documents of yoga for the use of all the member states of the world health body

Though India is the origin of the yoga but it the western people who practise it. Around 20 million Americans practice yoga. It is a $6 billion industry and researchers are continuing to study its benefits.

Financial Advisor , DC Katoch explained that though WHO does not have its own institutional network but identifies institutions from member countries to work in specific areas of health and designate them as WHO CCs.

“The achievement came after four years of intensive persuasion with the WHO by the Ayush Department of the Health Ministry,” said Katoch.

He said that there was a clear trend of increasing demand for yoga from the public, and the Government has been actively incorporating alternative medicines besides yoga into the public healthcare system.

-by Bhaskar Raghavendran

Bhaskar is a graduate in Journalism and mass communication from Amity school of communication, Noida. Contact the author at Twitter: bhaskar_ragha

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  • Pritam Go Green

    Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga being chosen by WHO as its collaborating centre. This is no small news. One should feel for the country. This will surely help India to take a big leap towards good global reputation.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This is really nice that India is making its identity in other counties and Yoga, an Indian origin has been accepted by many people across the world

    • Digital Mind

      absolutely. proud of it.

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  • Pritam Go Green

    Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga being chosen by WHO as its collaborating centre. This is no small news. One should feel for the country. This will surely help India to take a big leap towards good global reputation.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This is really nice that India is making its identity in other counties and Yoga, an Indian origin has been accepted by many people across the world

    • Digital Mind

      absolutely. proud of it.

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India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

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India is continuing to engage with the US over the H-1B visa, largely availed of by Indian IT companies, after the Trump administration proposed changes to the programme, a senior official said on Thursday.

“It is a very important topic for us and that is the reason why we have time and again at various levels, we have taken up this matter with the US side,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries by journalists here.

Kumar said that most recently, the issue was raised during the first ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial Meeting held here last month that was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

On Wednesday, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to come out with its new proposal by January 2019.

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The DHS said it was also proposing to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation.

The move to end the rule could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visa holders, who have work permits.

The H-4 visas are issued by the USCIS to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the holders of H-1B visa.

The DHS said it will propose to revise the definition of speciality occupation to increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B programme.

It will also “revise the definition” of employment and employer-employee relationship to “better protect” US workers and wages, the DHS said.

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In his remarks on Thursday, Kumar said that India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

Stating that there are certain bills which have been introduced, he, however, said that “it is important to note that none of these bills have been passed so far”.

“When we have engaged with the US, we have emphasised that our partnership which we have in the digital sphere have been mutually beneficial,” the spokesperson said.

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“We have highlighted the role which has been played by the highly skilled Indian professionals who have actually contributed to the growth and development of the US economy,” he stated.

“And also they have helped the US to maintain a competitive edge in the world towards innovation and science and technology.” (IANS)