The selection was done from among 186 nominations received under different categories.
Two panels were constituted -- a screening committee (for preliminary evaluation) and an evaluation committee (jury) -- so that a transparent process was followed in finalising the awards.
Nomination for the awards were invited through open advertisement.
The screening committee chaired by secretary (AYUSH) shortlisted some of the applications.
The jury chaired by the cabinet secretary, with the additional principal secretary to the prime minister, the foreign secretary, secretary (AYUSH) and some experts as members, examined the recommendations of the screening committee.
"After considering all relevant facts and other inputs, the jury recommended that the award for the current year be given to Vishwas Mandalik in Nasik (in the category Individual – National) and the Yoga Institute in Mumbai (in the category Organisation – National)," an official statement from AYUSH Ministry said.
Vishwas Mandalik acquired knowledge of Patanjali and Hatha Yoga, Bhagwad Gita and Upnishad by study and research of ancient scriptures.
In 1978, he set up first branch of Yoga Vidya Dham, and as of today there are 160 centres in India. He established an institute called Yoga Vidhya Gurukul in 1983 for yoga education. He wrote 42 books and developed 300 CDs to cover various training courses.
It produced more than 50,000 yoga teachers and had over 500 publications to its credit.
The institute contributed to the promotion and development of holistic yoga for over 10 decades, serving all sections of the society.
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