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Yoga Day

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.

As per guideline from the Ministry of HRD, the department of Higher Education, Higher Institutions should celebrate International Day of Yoga each year in June. 21st June is marked as IDY by Govt. of India. JNU Yoga Kendra has been celebrating IDY since 2015. The Yoga Kendra has always been spreading this ancient yogic science to the JNU community and outside of the JNU also by conducting Yoga practice sessions on the occasion of International Day of Yoga.

However, this year is significantly different from the previous years due to ongoing coronavirus outbreak. In the light of its rapid global spreading, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization has declared it a pandemic and strongly suggested to maintain social distancing in order to slow down the spread of the virus. Accordingly, the theme of this year International Day of Yoga is ‘GharGhar me Yog’, which signifies the importance of staying at home and practice Yoga with family while observing social distancing. Staying at home would keep you away from contagious Coronavirus and Yoga would help keep you and your family in good health.

In accordance with the above guidelines circulated by the Ayush Ministry, Government of India, JNU has decided to celebrate IDY2020 through webinar and online live workshops. Furthermore, the Vice-Chancellor of the University will also launch FIT-JNU: a wholesome wellness program for JNU and All on 21st June, 2020.

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Prof. Rana Pratap Singh, Rector –III, JNU  


Yoga Committee 2020

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Prof Sudheer Pratap Singh, Dean of Students, JNU

Prof. Madhav Govind, CSSP/SSS, Chairperson

Prof. Poonam Kumari, CIL/SLL&CS

Dr. Arnab Bhattacherjee, SC&IS

Dr. Saurabh Kumar Sharma, SC&SS

Dr. Jyoti Raj, SSIS

Dr. Mukesh Kumar, CSIP&LAS/SLL&CS

Dr. Ashwani Kumar, SoE

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Dr. Rakesh Kumar Yadav, ADPE-II, Sports Office, Member Secretary

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Sh. Umesh Babu, T.A (Yoga)

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Dr. Ajay Kumar Shastry, T.A (Yoga)


Thursday, 18 June, 2020 (Day 1): Webinar on “Yoga - the Science of Life”



4:00 - 4:05 PM

Opening Remarks by Prof. SudheePrataSingh, Dean of Students, JNU

4:05 - 4:10 PM

Welcome Address by ProfRana Pratap Singh, Rector, JNU

4:10 – 4:20 PM

Inaugural Speech by Prof. M. JagadesKumar, Hon’ble VC, JNU

4:20 – 4:50 PM

Coordinator: Prof. Poonam Kumari

Keynote Speaker: Dr. HR Nagendra

President, Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samathana (VYASA), Chancellor, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University (S-VYASA University), Yoga consultant of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India

4:50 PM – 5:20 PM

Speaker: ProfGanesShankar Giri, HS Gaur University, Sagar

Title of TalkYoga for Holistic Health

5:20 – 5:25 PM

Vote of Thanks: Dr. Ashwani Kumar


Friday, 19 June, 2020: (Day 2), Celebration of IDY2020


Name of the event

6.30 - 8.00 AM

Mass Yoga Performance

Sh. Umesh Bab& Dr. Ajay Shastri

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Coordinator: Dr. Mukesh Kumar

Vote of Thanks: Dr. Rakesh Kumar Yadav

Webinar – Day 2

Address by ProfChintamani Mahapatra, Rector, JNU


Keynote Speaker: Ms. Kamlesh Barwal, Secretary General, Indian Yoga Association & Director, Sri Sri School of Yoga

Speaker: Dr. Binayak Dubey, BHU Varanasi

Title of TalkScientific Aspects of Asnas in Yoga

5:30 – 6:00 PM

Coordinator: Dr. Ajay Shastri

Special Yoga Session by

AcharyMukesh, M.A.(History&Yoga),D.Y.Ed.&B.Ed, President, Adi Bharat & Yoga Todyas

6:00 – 6:30 PM

Meditation Practice by Sh. Umesh Babu


Saturday, 20 June, 2020: (Day 3), Celebration of IDY2020


Name of the event

6.30 AM to 8.00 AM

Mass Yoga Performance

Sh. Umesh Babu & Dr. Ajay Shastri

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Coordinator: Dr. JyotiRaj

Webinar – Day 3


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Manmath M. Gharote, Kevilyadham, Pune

Title of TalkYoga and Psychological Aspects

Speaker: ProfPravin Kumar, CT University

Title of TalkYoga and Modern Life Style

5:00 – 5:05 PM

Closing Remarks by Dr. Pramod Kumar, Registrar, JNU

5:05 – 5:10 PM

Vote of Thanks by Prof. SudheePratap Singh, Dean of Students, JNU

5:10 – 5:30 PM

Coordinator: Sh. Umesh Babu

Special Yoga Session by Guru Mehar Singh Deswal,

Maharshi Dayanand University, Haryana

5:30 – 5:50 PM

Mantra chanting and Meditation by Dr. AjaShastri


Sunday, 21 June, 2020: (Day 4), Celebration of IDY2020


Name of the event

6.30 - 6.35 AM

Coordinator: Prof. Madhav Govind

Welcome Address by Prof. Rana Pratap Singh, Rector, JNU

6:35 - 6:45 AM

Inaugural Speech by Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, Hon’ble VC, JNU

6:45 - 7:00 AM

Address by Chief Guest Yog Guru Swami Ramdev Ji

7:00 - 7:45 AM

Mass Yoga Performance as per the protocol of AYUSH Ministry, Govt of India

Sh. Umesh Babu & Dr. Ajay Shastri

7:45- 7:50 AM Inauguration of FIT-JNU: A Wholesome Wellness program by Chief Guest, VC & Rector, JNU

7:50-7:55 AM

Release of International Day of Yoga 2020 Magazine –  EKATMA-JNU(एकात्म-जेएनयू)

by VC, Rector, Registrar & Dean of Students

7:55- 8:00 AM

Concluding Remarks by Dr. PramoKumar, Registrar, JNU

8:00-8:05 AM

Vote of Thanks by Prof. SudheePratap Singh, Dean of Students, JNU

JNU welcomes the Chief Guest, Keynote Speakers and Yoga Experts for the events during celebration of IDY-2020

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Yog Guru Swami Ramdev Ji

Founder of Patanjali Ayurved Patanjali Yogpeeth Bharat Swabhiman Trust

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Dr. H R Nagendra

Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana, Samathana (VYASA), Chancellor, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University (S-VYASA University)

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Prof. Ganesh Shankar Giri

Head of the Department, Dept. of Yoga and Human Consciousness, HS Gaur University, Sagar

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Ms. Kamlesh Barwal

Secretary General, Indian Yoga Association & Director, Sri Sri School of Yoga

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Dr. Manmath M. Gharote

Director, Kaivalya Dhama, Pune

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Dr. Binayak Dubey

Department of Physical Education, BHU Varanasi

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Prof. Pravin Kumar

Head, School of Humanities and Physical Education, CT, University

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Acharya Mukesh

M.A.(History&Yoga), D.Y.Ed. & B.Ed, President, Adi Bharat & Yoga Todyas

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Guru Mehar Singh Deswal

Maharshi Dayanand University, Haryana


1. The world is gearing up to observe the sixth International Day of Yoga (IDY) on 21st June 2020. On this occasion, the Ministry of AYUSH and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) come together to announce the My Life – My Yoga ( also called “Jeevan Yoga”) Video Blogging Contest.

2. The observation of IDY in the past years has been marked by thousands of harmonious mass demonstrations of Yoga in public places. Due to the contagious nature of COVID-19, no mass gathering would be advisable this year. Hence, this year the Ministry is encouraging the people to practice Yoga at their homes, with participation from the entire family. Through the My Life – My Yoga video blogging competition, the Ministry of AYUSH and ICCR seek to raise awareness about Yoga and to inspire people to prepare for and become active participants in the observation of IDY 2020 on 21st June 2020. The contest will support participation via MyGov and the social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Video contest will be open to participants from all countries.

Event Name

My Life – My Yoga Video Blogging contest


31 May 2020 14:00 HRS IST to 21 June 2020 23:59 HRS IST


YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Contest Hashtag

Country specific hashtag # MyLifeMyYoga<COUNTRY>Eg: # MyLifeMyYoga<INDIA>

Contest website

Stay tuned on Yoga Portal ( ) of the Ministry of AYUSH for further details related to processing of entries and announcements of awards.


Female Categories

Male Categories


  • Youth (below 18 years)
  • Adult (18 years and above) 
  • Yoga professionals
  • Youth (below 18 years)
  • Adult (18 years and above) 
  • Yoga professionals


For each of the above categories:

Stage 1: Country-specific prizes

  1. First Prize – to be announced by the Indian Mission in the respective country
  2. Second Prize – to be announced by the Indian Mission in the respective country
  3. Third Prize – to be announced by the Indian Mission in the respective country

Stage 2: Global prizes
Global Prizes will be selected from winners of all the countries. Details will be announced shortly, on the Yoga Portal of Ministry of AYUSH.

Announcement of Prizes

Date to be decided by respective country embassies (on or before 21 June 2020)

Co-ordinating agency

International Co-ordinator: ICCR
India Co-ordinator: Ministry of AYUSH

Links to #MyLifeMyYoga Creatives:


For More details, please visit

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Office of the Dean of Students

(Yoga Kendra & Sports Office)

Inter-Hall Administration

Jawaharlal Nehru University

Phone: 91-11-26704554, 91-11-26704396