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Brief report on a recent event at AAJ's office

On 29 April, 2016, the Alumni Association of JNU (AAJ) welcomed its new Patron, JNU's VC, Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar and also bid farewell to the outgoing AAJ Patron, Prof. Sudhir K. Sopory. Joint secretary Prof. Meeta Narain welcomed all the distinguished guests and alumni. The president of AAJ, Prof. Devendra Choubey summarized the activities of the association and briefed the audience about AAJ's roadmap and its future activities. AAJ's former patron, Prof. Sopory expressed his deep concern regarding the alumni association and hoped that the association will work well in the future towards connecting JNU alumni to its alma mater. The new patron of AAJ, Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar supported the activities of AAJ and envisioned the deep role that AAJ could play in the further development of the university. The program was attended by AAJ-EC members and several alumni of JNU including Rector, Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra, Alumni Affairs' Chief Advisor, Prof. K. P. Vijaylakshmi and Dean of Students, Prof. R. P. Singh.

Sandesha Rayapa, Co-Convenor,
AAJ Public Relations & Media Relations

Anti Terrorism Day

Anti Terrorism Day was celebrated in the Jawaharlal Nehru University on 20 May, 2016. On this occasion, an awareness meeting was held in the Administration Building (Room No. 225) of the University which was chaired by the Vice Chancellor and all higher dignitaries (Rector-I, Rector-II, Registrar, Dy. Registrar and other staff participated). Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra, Rector-I introduced members present about the need of this and he made the staff aware about the importance of the anti-terrorist activity and he himself requested staff and officers present there to be aware and vigilant to avoid any terrorist activity in the country/locality. A pledge was also administered by the Registrar.

Uma Kant Agarwal
Dy Registrar
Administration Branch

International Day of Yoga - Report

The Yoga Workshop (17 – 20 June, 2016), Lecture program on 20th June evening and International Day of Yoga on 21 June 2016 were organised by the JNU Sport Committee under the supervision of Prof. R.P. Singh, Dean of Students, JNU. The Workshop began at 6 AM on 17June, 2016 and was addressed by the Rector of JNU Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra. Everyday three sessions on how to perform and practice "Common Yoga Protocol approved by Ministry of AYUSH" were conducted under the guidance of JNU yoga instructor, with the help of three external yoga instructors. More than seven hundred participants registered through online and offline mode and attended the sessions in different batches and learnt different types of asanas. Many participants also stayed back after the sessions and discussed the benefits of yoga with the instructors.

On 20 June, 2016, a special evening lecture session "Yoga Sandya" was also organised in which the Vice-Chancellor of JNU Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar talked about yoga, consciousness and healing power of yoga. Dean of students, Prof. Rana P. Singh, gave a brief introduction of yoga and its various phases of development. Rector of JNU Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra talked about the importance of yoga for a healthy and happy life. He also shed light on its popularity in various part of the world. He said that yoga was beyond religion and beyond all other kinds of faith and leanings, which has propelled it's popularity in several countries. Prof. S.C. Garkoti, Rector II also spoke about the importance of yoga and it recent spread in various countries. Dr. Sudhir Kumar, an expert on yoga and associate professor in Special Centre of Sanskrit Studies, JNU, gave a stunning talk on relevance of Ashtang Yoga: Current Scenario. He said that Ashtanga yoga was a system of yoga recorded by the sage Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta, an ancient manuscript said to contain lists of many different groupings of asanas, as well as highly original teachings on vinyasa, drishti, bandhas, mudras, and philosophy. He shared the recent development and current scenario about astang yoga. Prof. Shashi Prabha Kumar of Special Centre of Sanskrit Studies, JNU delivered her address on yoga in Indian tradition. She highlighted the evolution of yoga and its various phases and how it became part of daily routine of Indians. She also tried to argue that yoga was always religion neutral, which was the reason for its popularity in India and abroad. The Chief Guest of the function, Dr. Udit Raj, MP Lok Sabha, also talked about the relevance of yoga and significance of establishing yoga departments in universities. He also stressed that we should be committed to achieving this goal. The yoga workshop ended with the vote of thanks proposed by the University Sports Committee Chairperson, Prof. Rizwanur Rahman.

The main feature of the concluding session of the workshop was the arrangements for iftar for people observing fast in the ongoing month of Ramzan.

The International Day of Yoga was observed on 21June, 2016. More than 700 members performed the Yoga with the T-shirt imprinted with the International Day of Yoga and JNU logo presented by the university in the programme as a dress code. It was a unique show with a large gathering of faculty, students, staff, alumni and their family members in JNU campus. Functions were held in the JNU Sports stadium from 6.30 AM. The programme began with the welcome address by the JNU Vice Chancellor, Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar. Yoga session was held as per the AYUSH Ministry protocol from 7.05 am to 7.55 am. Rector of JNU Prof Chintamani Mahapatra gave concluding remark and stressed that the university should have a separate school of yoga. He also praised the work done by the sports committee of Prof. Rizwanur Rahman, Dr. Sudesh Yadav and Dr. Dipendera Nath Das. Prof. Rahman thanked one and all who participated and helped to make the programme a grand success. On this occasion the University Sports Committee distributed a booklet on yoga among more than 700 participants and encouraged them to practice yoga at their home. The participants dispersed after light refreshments.

Rana P. Singh, Professor
School of Life Sciences

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