21-JUN-2019: AMU completes week-long Yoga Day celebrations
Aligarh, June 21: In line with India's widespread celebration of fifth edition of the International Yoga Day, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) culminated its week-long Yoga Day celebrations with a mass Yoga exercise session at the Department of Physical Education. The event was marked with massive awareness campaigns, seminars on health benefits of the Vedic-era practice, and grand group yoga events at the University.
Addressing over 500 Yoga enthusiasts, the Chief Guest, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has been instrumental in advocating the practice of Yoga in India and acquainting the world with its far reaching health benefits.
"A brainchild of Prime Minister-led dispensation, India pushed for International Day of Yoga on the global platform and as a result, the United Nations recognised it as an international event to be celebrated on 21 June every year," said Prof Mansoor.
He emphasised the importance of making Yoga a lifelong practice as it paves the way for all round health and wellness.
Urging people to make yoga a part of daily life, the Vice Chancellor said, "Peace and harmony are related to Yoga. People across the world must practice it."
Pointing out that Yoga is above religion, Prof Mansoor said that it is a holistic and integral science of life dealing with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of the individual and society.
"Yoga is an integrated system of self-transformation with spiritual enlightenment as the ultimate goal, but it also gives other benefits as well," elaborated the Vice Chancellor adding that regular Yoga heals people from mental and physical ailments.
"I do Yoga regularly as it reduces the risk for injury and soothes the mind and lower stress levels," said Prof Mansoor.
He also pointed out that while commercialisation has surged the popularity of yoga, glamorizing it to suit modern taste, experts are of the opinion that this has also taken away the authenticity of the age-old discipline of saints and sages.
Attending the programme as the Guest of Honour, Prof Akbar Husain (Dean, Faculty of social sciences) said, "Yoga can be broadly defined as the systematic effort made by man to the development of youthfulness and good health through physical and mental exercises."
He added, Yoga is not only a popular activity around the world, but also a very much sought out research topic.
The special guests, Col. K S Rawat (Officer-in-Command-I, U P, Engineering NCC) and Mr Avedesh Maheshwari (Editor-in-Chief, Danik Jagran) and Department of Physical Education teachers, Prof Brij Bhushan Singh, Dr Syed Tariq Murtaza and Dr Sayed Khurram Nisar also spoke on the occasion.
Prof Zamirullah Khan welcomed the guests. Faculty members Dr Naushad Waheed Ansari and Dr Rajendra Singh led the mass Yoga session. Prof Ikram Hussain proposed the vote of thanks. Dr Merajuddin Faridi conducted the programme.
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AMU VC Prof Tariq Mansoor with faculty members at Yoga Day celebrations
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Mass Yoga exercise at Dept of Physical Education
Yoga Day celebrations at AMU