Vivekananda Yoga University to set up new campus in America's East Coast
- United States
In a historic first, as many as 23 students received the Master of Science (yoga) degrees at the maiden convocation of the university on June 12.
The top yoga guru, who is also Chancellor of SVYASA University, the world’s first Yoga university in Bengaluru which he founded in 2002, said that he is in talks with New York-based eminent Indian-American Prem Bhandari to set up a campus of the university in the East Coast.
A decision has been taken given the increasing popularity of yoga in the US and growing demand for yoga practitioners, teachers and researchers in the country.
“Swami Vivekananda said that we have to bring our traditional things with a scientific approach. This is what we are doing, combining the best of the East with the best of the West,” said the top Indian yoga guru.
The Vivekananda Yoga University, jointly launched by Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan and Chairperson of the Standing Committee on External Affairs P P Chaudhary during a virtual event at the Consulate General of India in New York in June 2020, is provisionally approved and licensed by the California Bureau of Private and Postsecondary Education.
According to the university, the said first batch of 23 students in the Master of Science (yoga) Programme are graduating.
This 30-credit, four-semester online programme is designed for the working professional as well as those seeking to deepen their knowledge of yoga with specialisation available in Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Therapy or Yoga Research.
Vivekananda Yoga University is the first yoga university outside India.
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