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Achievements of Ministry of AYUSH during 2018

Year End Review 2018- Ministry of AYUSH

All India Institute of Ayurveda, (AIIA) Phase-Ii Started— National Institute of Homoeopathy Being Set Up

Main Event of International Day of Yoga Celebrated in Dehradun–50,000 People Performed Yoga Along with the PM

Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Act, 2018 Comes in to Effect 

IT Education Launched for Ayush Professionals in Collaboration with C-DAC


The Ministry of AYUSH through its multi pronged strategy in year 2018 has been able to bring alternative system of medicine particularly Ayurveda and Homeopathy in to mainstream of the public health system in India. During the year, usage of Information Technology in AYUSH system was given prominence, new Hospital and Research Centers opened and MoUs signed with several stakeholders including several Ministries and Countries for disseminating benefits of traditional systems all over the country and abroad.

The Ministry continued to propagate, publicise and popularise the alternate system of medicine with an aim of minimising the gap between demand and supply of medical facilities in the country. Following are the significant achievements and details of the important activities of Ministry of AYUSH during the year.

Reform Measures

The Central Government promulgated the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, (No.4 of 2018) dated 18th May, 2018. Through the Ordinance, the Central Council of Homoeopathy(CCH), the statutory regulatory body for Homoeopathy system of medicine has been superseded by Board of Governors with a view to bring necessary regulatory reforms in the field of Homoeopathy education and  ensuring transparency and accountability for improving standards in Homoeopathy medical education.

In order to ensure transparency, improve the quality and functioning of AYUSH colleges, the President had promulgated the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 on 18th May, 2018 with the following objectives:-

(a) To constitute a Board of Governors by superseding the Central Council of Homoeopathy till a new Central Council was duly reconstituted within a period of one year from the date of supersession of the Central Council;

(b)  To make provision for obtaining prior permission of the Central Government by all Homoeopathy Medical Colleges for admission.

In order to replace the ordinance with an Act, the Ministry introduced the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018 during the Monsoon session of the Parliament. This has been approved by the President on 13th August, 2018 and the corresponding Act, namely, Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Act, 2018 published in the Gazette of India as Act No. 23 of 2018.

Establishment of Central Institutes

The foundation stone of National Institute of Homoeopathy at Narela, Delhi has been laid by MoS for AYUSH  Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, on 16th October, 2018.


Total project Cost is Rs. 259.12 crore. An All India Institute of Ayurveda, (AIIA) Phase-II SaritaVihar has also been started this year. The total Project Cost is Rs. 209.33 Crore.

Use of Information Technology in AYUSH Sector

  1. A new course on IT education was launched for AYUSH professionals in collaboration with C-DAC.
  2. Ministry of AYUSH has registered a remarkable presence on social media. AYUSH systems have been promoted on Ministry’s various Social Media Platforms i.e. Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Blog and Twitter and also at MyGov Platform to benefit the various strata of population about the AYUSH systems.
  3. Ministry is also developing a cloud based AYUSH GRID under the digital India mission. All the AYUSH Teaching Institutes, Hospitals and industry will be linked to AYUSH Grid.
  4. The Ministry of AYUSH was on the top spot of Broadcast Audience Research Council’s (BARC) top 10 brands during the week 25 (June 16-22, 2018) with 14,731 insertions.

MoUs at National and International level

  • An MoU between University of Mauritius and Central Council for Research in Ayurveda Sciences (CCRAS) autonomous organization under Ministry of AYUSH was signed on 14th March, 2018 for establishing AYUSH Academics Chair in Ayurveda.
  • An  MoU between Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Government of Equatorial Guinea on cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine was signed on the 8th April, 2018.
  • A Country to Country MoU between Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Public Health of the Republic of Cuba on cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy was signed on the 22nd June, 2018.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), Ministry of AYUSH and The Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria on 26.09.2018 at Austria to cooperation and collaboration in the field of Ayurveda.
  • MoU between Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Railways, Govt. of India was signed for establishment of AYUSH wings at 05 Railway Hospitals. It will open the doors of job opportunity to AYUSH graduates in Ministry of Railways.  The Ministry of AYUSH also entered into an MoU with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, USA and Harvard Medical School, USA.

Yoga a Mass Movement

  • Ministry of AYUSH, the nodal Ministry for celebration of International Day of Yoga (IDY) across the country, successfully coordinated various IDY-2018 across the country. 2018083129d5e6654042825fb773dbd7e07b9187dad8b12234-tc-img-previewThe National event was held at Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun, Uttarakhand, wherein approximately 50,000 people participated in the Mass Yoga Demonstration, alongwith the  Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Apart from common people, Central Armed Police Forces ( CAPF) personnel’s, National Cadet Corpse (NCC) cadets, students of various educational institutes, Nehru Yuvak Kendra( NYKs) National Service Scheme (NSS), and various Yoga institutes were participated in this mega event.
  • A series of Yoga programmes were conducted in national capital (Delhi).  The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had organised 04 and 03 events respectively. In addition to this, one more mega event was organized by Brahmakumaris at Red Fort, with nearly 30,000 participants wherein 2000 Woman Police Force also attended. Altogether, around 65,000 people participated in the Delhi.

Prime Minister’s Yoga Awards

  • One of the highlights of IDY observation is the announcement of the Prime Minister’s Yoga Awards. The awards are given away each year for exemplary contribution in the field of Yoga towards the development and promotion of Yoga. This year the Awards have been conferred on one individual and one institution, as follows:

          (i) Sh. Vishwas Vasant Mandalik, Nasik (National – Individual category)

          (ii) The Yoga Institute, Mumbai (National – Institution category)

  • Yoga Ambassadors’ Tour: The Yoga Ambassadors’ Tour being organized in collaboration with Kerala Tourism on 14th June, 2018. 52 participants from 22 countries joined in the Yoga Tour. The tour was culminated on 21st June, 2018 with a grand celebration of International Day of Yoga.
  • The Ministry of AYUSH, through Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN), had organized one-month free Yoga training programme in around 600 districts across the country through Govt. Organisations/ NGOs, ahead of IDY. It had also organized 11 one day workshop on Yoga for Women in the 40+ age group in association with Indian Menopause Society in different parts of the country.
  • International Naturopathy Organisation (INO) had trained more than 51 lakh people in Yoga during the IDY-2018. Several State Governments like Punjab, Haryana, UP etc. have trained people on this occasion in large numbers.
  • Two mobile technology based applications deployed by the Ministry, namely BHUVAN-YOGA (developed by ISRO) and Yoga Locator, contributed to the public mobilization for IDY-2018. The former helped to assess the magnitude of participation at different venues and the later helped the public to locate events near them. The data collected through these apps are being analysed and collated statistically to gather a better picture of the extent of participation in IDY-2018.

National level Events

The Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) an autonomous organization under Ministry of AYUSH organized an International Yoga Fest (IYF), a Curtain Raiser for International Day of Yoga-2018from 21-23rd March, 2018 and Pre-Fest Yoga Workshops by Eminent Yoga Masters from 19-20th March 2018, at MDNIY & Yoga Centres at SAI Stadia. The main objective of IYF was to sensitize the masses regarding celebration of International Day of Yoga on June 21. A total of 120 workshops were conducted from 19-20th March, 2018 where 5000 Sadhaks got the benefit. International delegates of more than 16 countries across the Globe participated IYF-2018

The Ministry of AYUSH conducted a Conference of Heads of AYUSH National Institutes on 17 & 18 July 2018 with the objectives to upgrade the Standard of Education, Research & Health Care; harmonise & rationalize the infrastructure and activities of the National Institutes; fund and Resource generation for sustainable development; and networking and collaboration among the National Institutes.


In addition to discussion on various issues, an MOU was signed between All India Institute of Ayurveda, SaritaVihar and Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi on Co-operation and Collaboration in the field of Research and Development in Ayurveda. Protocols on Development of Standard Operating procedures on Pre-conceptional and Pre-natal care through Ayurveda and Standard Operating procedures of Uttaravasti have been released during the session.

An “International Conference on Yoga for Public Health” was organised by Ministry of AYUSH at Panaji, Goa.


The Conference was attended by 600 Indian and foreign delegates including 20 Yoga experts from 11 countries. The event provided the foreign participants an opportunity to capture and understand various dimensions of Yoga and to help them further propagate the same in their respective countries.

National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB)


To ensure availability and regular supply of raw material of medicinal plants for AYUSH drugs, the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) under its “Central Sector Scheme on Conservation, Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants” is augmenting the medicinal plants resources in the wild and also promoting their large scale cultivation in farmers’ field under Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM). The major achievements of NMPB are as under:

  • NMPB in collaboration with National Remote Sensing Centre, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) developed e-Bhuvan herbs mobile app. for geo-tagging and monitoring of the organizations funded by NMPB for carrying out various activities related to medicinal plants.
  • NMPB has collaborated with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to implement space based tools in monitoring & strategic decision making in the field of medicinal Plants.

 Other Achievements

  • Yoga protocols for separate groups, viz. pregnant ladies, lactating mothers, adolescent girls and (children in the age group of 3-6 years), were developed in consultation with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY). This protocol was forwarded to Ministry of Women & Child Development for using the same in connection with PoshanAbhiyaan.
  • Pursuant to the initiative taken by Ministry of AYUSH to open AYUSH Hospitals by public sector companies, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has agreed to establish five AYUSH centres at Kayamkulum, Koldam, Tapovan, Vindhyachal and Farakka.
  • M/o Power agreed to establish 05 AYUSH Centres/Hospitals through NTPC at different locations in the country viz. Kayamkulum, Koldam, Tapovan, Vindhyachal and Farakka.
  • Pharmacovigilance of ASU&H drugs: A Central Sector Scheme of ‘Pharmacovigilance Initiative for ASU&H Drugs’ has been implemented by the Ministry of AYUSH from the financial year 2017-18. The scheme has established a National Pharmacovigilance Coordination centre for collecting reports on quality aspects from 05 intermediary and 43 peripheral centres with a financial allocation to the tune of Rs 1.66 crore approved for implementation of the initiative in 2018-19.
  • NABH Accreditation: For the first time, the Ministry of AYUSH through its continuous efforts has got the hospitals viz., National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune, Maharashtra, National Institute of Unani Medicine, Bangalore, Karnataka, National Institute of Yoga, Delhi and National Institute of Siddha, Chennai, NABH accredited. Ministry of AYUSH has made it obligatory for AYUSH hospitals for their accreditation to NABH standards with a view to enhancing the quality and safety aspects. Till date a total of 62 AYUSH hospitals have got the NABH accreditation.

“Ayush” Finds a Place in English Language

In pursuance of the proposal of the Ministry of AYUSH the Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology has decided to adopt the word “AYUSH” in Hindi and English languages for scientific and technical purposes. As approved by the Commission, the word “AYUSH” will have the meaning “Traditional and Non-Conventional Systems of Health Care and Healing which include Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa, Homoeopathy etc.”

Major Activities of Research Councils:

Development of new drugs and commercialisation:

CCRAS has developed new drugs for different disease conditions. These are AYUSH Manas for Mental retardation/cognitive deficit, AYUSH QOL for improving quality of life of Cancer patients, AYUSH Rasayan A & B in geriatric health, AYUSH M-3 for Migraine, AYUSH SL for Filariasis, AYUSH A for Bronchial Asthma, AYUSH D for Type II Diabetes Miletus, Carctol S for Cancer, AYUSH K1 for chronic Kidney Diseases, Ayurveda drug for Non-Alcoholic fatty liver disease and Ayurveda drug as adjuvant to ATT for hepatoprotection. These formulations are at different phases of drug development.

Commercialisation of drugs:

  • Further CCRAS has commercialized already developed products namely Ayush-82 for Type –II Diabetes and Ayush SG for Rheumatoid arthritis NRDC in last two years and now these formulations are already available in the market for general public which are cost effective and the people are using these formulations for diabetes and Rheumatoid arthritis. The Council has also commercialised AYUSH 64.
  • In Central Council of Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) one project each in Collaboration Clinical Research, Medicinal plant Research Drug standardization, Literary Research have been completed. Total 4 projects have been completed during October, 2018.
  • Central Council of Research in Ayurveda (CCRAS) has completed Clinical Research in 1 IMR project. 1 IMR project of Drug Standardization Programme and 1 IMR project of Clinical Research, has been initiated.
  • Officials from Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) attended and presented the Research work of the IMR project entitled “Geo-chemical characterization of Muppu” in the 1st National Bio-Medical Research competition on the occasion of 87th anniversary of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam organized by AIIMS, Rishikesh held on 15th October, 2018 and won the Yong Researcher award.
  • Swasthya Rakshan Programme has been executed through 7 CCRS Institutes/Units in 3 states 2 union territories. 12 locations were covered and medical care and awareness about hygiene and health was also provided to the people.
  • Central Council for Research in Siddha with the support of Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India organised a National Conference on “Global Acceptance for Siddha System of Medicine: Scope and Challenges” which was held on 28th & 29th September, 2018 at AmmaArangam, Community Hall, Shenoy Nagar, Chennai.

Important Days Celebrated

  • Ministry of AYUSH organized the First Siddha Day 2018 at Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai on 4thJanuary, 2018 through Central Council of Siddha (CCRS), Chennai to generate awareness among the people about the Siddha system of Medicine.
  • The Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine organized an International Conference on Unani Medicine on the occasion of Unani Day during 10th and 11th February 2018 in New Delhi. The subject of the conference was ‘Integration of Unani System of Medicine in Mainstream Healthcare’. Around 440 professionals participated in the Conference. International delegates from 12 countries attended the conference. A total of 10 AYUSH Awards were distributed in different categories of Unani Medicine.
  • As integral part of Celebration of 3rd Ayurveda Day, 2018, the Council has setup Ayurveda countdown corners from 16.09.2018 (50 days to go) at CCRAS Hqrs. and all 30 Research Institutes and Centres functioning under it across the country. The core activities comprise public lecture on Ayurveda & its importance, Medicinal plant exhibition, half day marathon and free distribution of sapling of medicinal plants etc. On this occasion, “The Social Media Secretariat” was formally inaugurated.
    The month of September was celebrated as “PoshanMaah” in all the AYUSH hospitals/ dispensaries, teaching institutes, research councils and their peripheral units under the M/o AYUSH  in accordance with the guidelines of M/o AYUSH, M/o Women and Child Development, M/o H&FW and Department of School Education and Literacy. Various state AYUSH hospitals/ dispensaries, AYUSH National institutes/ teaching institutes and five research councils and their field units organized various nutritional and health camps for adolescent girls, pregnant ladies, lactating women and children. The success of camps was also marked by a team of UNICEF who covered the activities among their video production team at Central Ayurveda Research Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases (CARICD) on 15.09.2018.



Happy and Healthy Pregnancy through Yoga

Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi  mgandhui

Union Minister for Women and Child Development 

Pregnancy is an odd time for the mother. On the one hand one is filled with joy and anticipation, on the other there are worries about whether the baby will be normal and healthy.  As the mother’s body changes, there are mood swings, fatigue, cramps, difficult breathing.


Being physically fit and emotionally strong directly affects the baby’s physical, neurological & psychological development. Practicing Prenatal Yoga during pregnancy gives you the ability to stay calm and eases most physical problems during these nine months.


Prenatal yoga experts and medical professionals emphasise that prenatal yoga paired with cardiovascular exercises (such as walking) can ease the discomforts of pregnancy and help you prepare for the rigors of labour.


Pranayama, or the group of several breathing exercises, have been found to have exceptional benefits during pregnancy. It must be incorporated in the daily regime all through the three trimesters as it helps release negative emotions.

Two most useful forms of pranayama or breathing exercises are: Ujjayi, a long, strong, deep breath that helps women redirect their concentration to the present moment and maintain calm; and Nadi Shodhana, (alternate nostril breathing), which helps to balance the body’s energy flows. However, avoid any kind of breath retention or hyperventilation that could limit the baby’s oxygen supply.  The postures and exercises differ for each of the three trimesters of pregnancy.

First Trimester (0 to 13 weeks)

The first trimester brings nausea and fatigue. Severe biological and musculoskeletal alterations take place in the body. Yoga experts advise that one must be extremely cautious while practicing yoga in this trimester as a wrong posture can obstruct the implantation of the fetus and placenta.

The following asanas are ideal for this trimester:

  • Marjariasana(cat stretch): Stretches the neck and shoulders, lessening body stiffness and keeps the spine flexible because the back has to support more body weight as the pregnancy advances.
  • Konasana(standing sideways bending arm): Keeps the spine flexible and helps alleviate constipation, a common symptom of pregnancy.
  • Badhakonasana(butterfly pose): Improves flexibility in the hip and groin region, stretches the thighs and knees, relieving pain, alleviates fatigue and helps facilitate smooth delivery when practiced until late pregnancy.
  • Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep): Reduces tension and anxiety, helps regulate blood pressure and relaxes every cell in the body.

Second Trimester (14 to 28 weeks)

During the second trimester, the volume of blood in the body expands 50-60% to support the fetus and placenta, the blood circulates faster, the rate of metabolism increases and heart rate rises. The body’s sugar gets used up faster and important reserves are used to support the placenta and fetus.

The following asanas are beneficial during this trimester:

  • Vajrasana(diamond pose) –Enhances digestion and can be done directly after meal.It also helps strengthen the pelvic muscles and assist women in labour too.
  • Kati Chakrasana(spinal twist pose) – Relieves physical and mental tension and tones waist, hip and back.
  • Tadasana (mountain pose)– Helps stretch and loosen the entire spine and also helps in developing mental and physical balance.
  • Uthanasana(standing forward fold)– Strengthens muscles of uterus, thighs, back and ankles.

Third Trimester (29 to 40 weeks)

By the third trimester, the body has already undergone drastic physical and biological changes and also the movement of the baby is strong now. The protruding belly and additional weight are likely to challenge one’s balance. Simple balancing postures can make women feel lighter and more aligned. It is advisable to practice yoga with a prenatal teacher at this stage. If you ever feel uncomfortable doing any posture, stop.

Basic balancing postures like Utthita Trikonasana (extended triangle pose), Utthita Parsvakonasana (extended side angle pose), Virabhadrasana (hero pose) and Vrksasana (tree pose) are ideal for building strength in the legs, for proper alignment in the spine and for easing blood circulation.

According to a review of recent research studies, prenatal yoga drastically lowers the chances of pregnancy complications, stress levels and pain, and possibly even the risk of the baby being small for her gestational age.

As we mark the 4th International Day of Yoga, I urge all expecting mothers to join prenatal yoga classes. Not only will you feel better but you will probably make friends with other soon-to–be mothers and your children can become friends!

Cherish this time.

Celebration of International Yoga Day 2018

Glimpses of  4th International Day of Yoga at FRI, Dehradun

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Year-End Review, 2017: Department of Youth Affairs

The major achievements of Department of Youth Affairs (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports) During 2017 

Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS)

NYKS, with about 3.15 lakh youth enrolled through 1.42 lakh youth clubs, has beennyks logo.jpg working all over the Country to develop the personality of the youth and to engage them in nation-building activities. Some significant initiatives/ achievements of NYKS are as follows:

  • 7.93 lakh saplings were planted by NYKS volunteers.
  • 10,166 units of blood were donated by NYKS volunteers.
  • 2,327 skill up-gradation training programmes were organised, involving 69,597 women & men youth.
  • 280 training programmes on youth leadership and community development were organised, involving 12,301 youth.
  • 1854 Youth Club Development Programmes organised, involving 1,55,873 youth.
  • 1331 Sports Meets at Block and District level were organised, involving 1,67,605 youth.
  • 8054 Programmes held to celebrate days of national and international significance, involving 11,19,587 youth.
  • 240 District Youth Conventions were organised, involving 1,36,734 youth.
  • Swachhta Programme was conducted at 1,04,279 locations involving  8,72,813 youth  for cleaning of  8,825 Schools / colleges, 7,720 Hospitals and 19,437 statues. A total of 9,29,737 Programmes, Activities and Events were organized with the involvement of 59,74,990 youth.
  • Water Conservation – 13,000 awareness creation programmes were conducted by involving 3.8 lakh youth, 2260 new water bodies were created and 3139 water sources were maintained.
  • Indradhanush Programme – 52,317children were immunized with the help of service providers through Indradhanush Programme
  • National Unity Day and Run for Unity Programme was conducted by district Nehru Yuva Kendras in India wherein 2.5 lakh youth were involved.
  • Constitution Day and Quami Ekta Diwas and Pakhwada observed across India by district Nehru Yuva Kendras.
  • Delhi Slum Andolan – ”Social Building and developing less serviced Urban Area/Slums of Delhi ensuring youth participation” is being carried out in Delhi. 12 Slum Yuva Dauds, preparatory meetings & launching function of Slum Yuva Andolan have been conducted in Delhi.
  • International Day of Yoga:  NYKS actively participated in celebration of International Day of Yoga, at all levels.  14 State level events were organised with participation of 34,007 youth. At District level, programmes were organised in 384 Districts in which 2,55,474 youth participated. At village level, 37,286 youth clubs organised yoga demonstrations in which 10,44,518 youth participated.
  • Celebration of Swatchhta Pakhwada : NYKS organized a nation-wide intensive campaign under Swachhta Pakhwada from 1st  to 15th  August, 2017 through district Nehru Yuva Kendras by involving National Youth Volunteers, affiliated Youth Clubs, local youth and other key stakeholders in the districts. They were involved and motivate to devote some hours out of their daily works towards cleanliness of their surroundings.
  • 1,04,279 Youth Clubs carried out cleanliness drives in their villages in which 8,72,813 youth took part. 8,237 Railway Stations, Bus Stands, Market Places and Historical Places were cleaned with the involvement of 1,95,545 youth. Overall under the Swachhta Pakhwada,  a total of 9,29,737 Programmes, Activities and Events were organized with the involvement of 59,74,990 youth.
  • Swachhta Hi Sewa’ campaign : NYKS organized a nation-wide intensive campaign under Swachhta Hi Sewa’ by involving National Youth Volunteers, affiliated Youth Clubs, local youth and other key stakeholders in the districts. They were involved and motivate to devote some hours out of their daily works towards cleanliness of their surroundings.
  • 20, 384 Youth Clubs carried out cleanliness drives in their villages involving villagers from all sections of the society. Created Awareness and motivated youth & villagers in 20,384 villages across India on ODF and Swachhta as well as Distribution of IEC material were undertaken. A total 38,495 programmes were conducted with a participation of 2,05,154 youth participated.
  • Swachh Sankalp Se Swachh Siddhi – In order to generate mass involvement in Swachh Bharat Mission and related issues and making swachhta a people’s movement and to test the knowledge of the participants beyond academics, essay writing and short film making competitions were organized at district, state and national level. The winners of the competitions were given cash prize and certificate of merit.
  • First, Second and Third prize winners of both the competitions at national level were honoured by Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, ACSM, Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C), MoYAS.
  • Prime Minister honoured Ms. Ramandeep Kaur and Shri Sangethlal P.S., National level First Prize Winners of Essay writing and Short Film Making Competitions on 2nd October, 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
  • During current year, IEC–Media and Publicity component of the Scheme has been implemented by NYKS to create awareness/ motivation about Shramadaan in 220 districts. Shramadaan activities are going on. In order to reward outstanding work done under the programme, awards have been given to 152 Youth Clubs.

Special Projects

  • Commemoration of 100 years of Champaran Movement, Bihar in collaboration with Govt. of Bihar at Motihari w.e.f. 15th to 19th April 2017.  Approximately 768 youth from NYKS participated in the programme.
  • Youth Conclave at Guwahati- NYKS organised State level Youth Conclave at Guwahati on 23rd May 2017.  The programme highlighted on youth development issues.  900 youth participate in the programme.
  • Youth Convention at Raipur (Chhattisgarh) NYKS organised State level Youth Convention 25.5.2017 at Raipur Chhattisgarh in which 1359 youth participated.
  • Slum Yuva Daud- NYKS organised Slum Yuva Daud on 26th May 2017 at Delhi for motivating the people from Slum areas of Delhi to join the national mainstream & providing them awareness & education on various Govt. Schemes. About 5000 youth from Slum areas of Delhi participated in the programme.
  • Youth convention at Kozhikode- NYKS organised Youth Convention at Kozhikode, Kerala on 15th June 2017.  The theme of the convention was youth India vision- 2000.  More than 300 youth & volunteers participated in the programme.
  • State level Youth Convention at Gangtok (Sikkim)- NYKS organised State level Youth Convention at Gangtok (Sikkim) on 4th June 2017.  About 1500 youth from NYKS participated in the programme.
  • Youth Involvement in Namami Gange Programme– NYKS is working with National Mission for Clean Ganga to spread awareness for cleanliness & sanitation in villages along Ganga River.  NYKS various activities for cleaning of River Ganga viz.


  • Ganga Nirikshan Yatra (26th May to 9th June 2017)
  • Ganga Dussehra Celebration (3rd & 4th June 2017)- NYKS organised the prgoramme organise in 53 selected blocks of 4 States of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.  A total of 7601 youth participated in the programme.
  • Ganga Vriksharopan Saptah (25th July to 31sst July 2017)- NYKS organised the programme in 30 districts in the State of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal along river Ganga in which 1,12,246 sapling were planted by 8894 youth & 2299 spearhead team member were participated.
  • Swachh Delhi NCR Project-NYKS has also undertaken youth Led Swachh Delhi NCR Project with the support of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.  502 locations has been selected in 2 ULBs of Faridabad and Gurugram & 157 Spearhead team member have selected in 3 ULBs so far.


  • Paryatan Parv– NYKS organised Paryataran Parv w.e.f. 5th to 25th Oct 2017 across the country with the objective of encouraging people to know about importance of tourism. Finance Minister awarded MoYAS & NYKS for exemplary work done during Paryatan Parv.
  • Tribal Youth Exchange Programme (TYEP)- TYEP is being organised in 10 location of the country with participation of 2000 youth from 29 LWE affected districts from 7 States of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana & Bihar.
  • North East Youth Exchange Programme- NYKS has been sanctioned programme at 4 venues viz. Hissar, Tiruvananthapuram, Jammu and Pune for 1000 North Eastern Youth participants from eight North East States with the support of Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India.
  • Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat– NYKS is organizing Inter State Youth Exchange Programme (Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat) in  15 pairing States.  So far 4 such programme have been completed in the states of Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Odisha with the participate of 402 youth from pairing States.


  • Nationwide Declamation Contest on Patriotism and Nation Building– NYKS is organizing Nationwide Declamation Contest on Patriotism and Nation Building at Block, District, State and National level to augment the passion of youth towards patriotism and National Building as part of Republic Day celebration, 2018.

National Service Scheme (NSS)

NSS, with about 3.86 million student youth enrolled in 41,442 NSS units spreaddownload.png over through 396 Universities/ +2 Councils, 16,331 Colleges/ Technical Institutions and 28,621 Senior Secondary Schools across the country, has been working for development of personality and character of student youth through voluntary community service. Some significant initiatives/ achievements of NSS during the year are as follows:

  • NSS has been restructured as a Central Sector Scheme w.e.f. 01.14.2016. The Scheme was a CSS upto 2015-16.
  • NSS volunteers have been actively participating in Swachh Bharat Mission activities across the country. During the Swachh Bharat Pakhwada, NSS volunteers cleaned 3,611 Hospitals, 2,616 Dispensaries, 1,481 Community Centres, 1,096 Old Age Homes, 2,252 Historical Places, 1,062 Orphanages, 176 Centres for Disabled, 949 Railway Stations, 6,961 Bus Stops, 2,282 Statues and 654 Archeological Sites and Tourist Places. Sh. M. Vishnu, an NSS volunteer won the 2nd Prize in film making competition organised by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation during ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa’ programme.
  • On the occasion of International Day of Yoga (21.06.2017), about 22.16 lakh NSS Volunteers participated in various yoga programmes across the country.
  • 33.54 lakh saplings were planted by NSS volunteers.
  • 3.96 lakh units of blood was donated by NSS volunteers.
  • 4.50 lakh children were immunized by NSS volunteers under Mission Indradhanusha.
  • 17,134 Health/ Eye/ Immunisation camps were organised, in which 9.93 lakh NSS volunteers participated.
  • 50,355 awareness programmes/ rallies/ campaigns were organised on issues of relevance to the community, in which 36.05 lakh NSS volunteers participated.
  • 148.71 lakh volunteer-hours of Shramadaan was undertaken by NSS volunteers during the year.
  • 2.33 lakh NSS volunteers were imparted Training on Self Defence.
  • Awareness on GST and Digital Payment were organised by NSS units throughout the country.
  • 3 North East Youth Festivals were organised in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Tripura in which 300 NSS volunteers each from every north eastern state participated.

Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD)

RGNIYD, located at Sriperimbudur (Tamilnadu), is a premier institution for training,Rajiv_Gandhi_National_Institute_of_Youth_Development_Logo.png research, extension and outreach initiatives on youth issues. RGNIYD has been declared as an “Institute of National Importance” through enactment of RGNIYD Act, 2012. Some significant initiatives/ achievements of RGNIYD during the year are as follows:

  • RGNIYD brought out the India Youth Development Index and Report 2017 which is a pioneering attempt made by the Institute in 2010 and followed it up with the India Youth Development Index in 2017.The publication was released by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on 13th November 2017 at New Delhi.
  • 210 training of trainers /capacity building programmes were conducted involving 14433 youth functionaries and youth through SIMPLE and SMART model throughout the country on various themes in line with National Youth Policy 2014.
  • To inculcate trade skills among the SC/ST and North Eastern Region Youth, RGNIYD along with Ni-MSME organises capacity building training programmes to reach 700 youth in seven states.
  • RGNIYD, in collaboration with IIE organises ToT on Life Skills, Entrepreneurship Development and Business Incubation training programmes for the North Eastern Region.
  • In the Academic Programmes 190 Students enrolled for the academic year 2016-17 and 2017-18 where most of the states are represented.
  • 26 projects proposed by renowned research organisations, were funded by RGNIYD. 8 projects were undertaken by the internal faculty members of RGNIYD.
  • B.Voc. Programme on Apparel Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship and Fashion Design and Retail started in collaboration with Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC), Ministry of Textiles, GoI is being run in 19 ATDC Centres with total 513 students enrolled in these Centres.
  • RGNIYD launched another unique one-year Post Graduate Diploma in Youth Development in the academic year 2016-17 which was continued in 2017 with 51 students.
  • Embryonic Social Business Incubation Centre is being set up by RGNIYD.
  • Centre for Excellence in Political Leadership and Management to be set up at RGNIYD.
  • Centre for GIS in Good Governance sponsored by IISR/ISRO is set up in RGNIYD through which Diploma in Political Leadership will be offered.
  • Initiated Orientation Programme on Empowering Youth on Governance and Development with support from Members of Parliament.
  • RGNIYD has signed a MoU with the Training and Research Wing of the Election Commission of India, India International Institute of Democracy & Election Management (IIIDEM) on 13th November 2017to promote Voter Education among Youth
  • RGNIYD has signed a MoU with the National Council of Rural Institutes (NCRI) an institution functioning under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India on 1st November 2017 to cooperate in the broad areas of training, field engagement, joint publications, teaching-learning and research, on various aspects of rural India.
  • RGNIYD’s Faculty members and Student Participation in National/International Programmes.
Sl. No.                 Name of the Programme No. of Students/Faculty members
1. Indian Youth Delegation to Sri Lanka from 13th to 21st January, 2017 2 students
2. Workshop on Evidence-based Policies on Youth Development in Asia – Promoting the Sustainability of the Youth Policy Toolbox in Asia-Pacific was held from 29 May – 1 June 2017 at United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand. 1 Training Officer
3. International Youth Exchange Program to China from 9-16 July, 2017. 16 students + 1 Faculty member
4. 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting at Kampala, Uganda (Africa) from 29th July to 3rdAugust 2017. 1 Faculty member
5 Indian Youth Delegation to Palestine  from 14th to 21st September, 2017 4 students
6 19th World Festival of Youth and Students at Russia from 14th October 2017 to 22nd October 2017 2 students +1 Faculty member
7 Indian Youth Delegation to Egypt from 4th to 9th November, 2017 1 students
8 Indian Youth Delegation to Sri Lanka from 11th to 27th December 2017 6 students

International Cooperation

The Department seeks to operate international youth exchange programmes with various countries to develop international perspective among the youth and also to collaborate with various international agencies on youth development. Some significant achievements during the year are as follows:

April, 2016
  •  Visit of 10 – member Vietnamese Youth Delegation to India.
  •  Visit of 50 – member Nepalese Youth Delegation to India.
  •  Visit of 4 – member Indian Youth Delegation to Bharain to attend International Youth Conference.
May, 2016


  • Visit of 34 – member Indian Youth Delegation to South Korea.
  •  Visit of 49 – member Palestine’s Youth Delegation to India.
  •  Visit of 10 – member Indian Youth Delegation to Vietnam.
June, 2016
  • Visit of 196-member Indian Youth Delegation to China.
July, 2016
  • Visit of 46 – member Indian Youth Delegation to Russia.
  • Visit of 10 – member Indian Youth Delegation to China to attend BRICS Youth Summit.
  • Visit of 6 – member Indian Youth Delegation to Kampala, Uganda to attend 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers’ Meeting.


September, 2016
  • Visit of 30 – member Sri Lankan Youth Delegation to India.
  • Visit of 31 – member of Indian Youth Delegation to Palestine.
October, 2016
  •  Visit of 121 – member Indian Youth Delegation to Russia to participate in the World Youth Festival.
  •  Visit of 3 Young Parliamentarians from India to attend BRICS Young Parliamentarians Forum, St. Pittsburg, Russia.
  • Visit of 34 – member South Korean Delegation to India.
November, 2016
  • Visit of 195 – member Chinese Youth Delegation to India.

A Project on “Strengthening of NYKS and NSS” is being implemented in collaboration with UNDP/ UNV. The Project is to be implemented over 4-year period at a total cost of about Rs.14 crores. The Project manpower has been recruited, trained and deployed in the field. The implementation of the Project is going in full swing.

National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development (NPYAD)

NPYAD is an umbrella scheme for providing support to Government/ non-Government organisations for undertaking activities for adolescent and the youth. Some significant achievements of NPYAD are as under:


  • During Financial Year 2017-18, financial assistance has been given to 15 voluntary organisations including All India Level organisations.
  • The 5th North East Youth Festival was organised at Gangtok, Sikkim from 28th October to 30thOctober, 2017.
  • The 22nd National Youth Festival is scheduled to be held at Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur, Rajsthan during 12th to 16th January, 2018.
  • This year Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award, 2016 was conferred on 4 Awardees for adventure in Land, Water and Life Time Achievements.

National Young Leaders Programme (NYLP)

In pursuance to the Budget announcement during 2014-15, a new Scheme, namely, ‘National Young Leaders Programme (NYLP)’ was launched in December, 2014 in order to develop leadership qualities among the youth. Some significant achivements during the year are as follows:

  • Neighbourhood Youth Parliament Programmes are being organized by involving NYKS-affiliated Youth Clubs with the objective of developing leadership qualities of the youth by involving them in debate/ discussions on contemporary issues. During current year, 2,047 Block level Programmes were organised, with participation of 1.76 lakh youth. In addition, 23,255 village-level neighbourhood youth parliament programmes involving 2.92 lakh youth. The Programmes organised during the first quarter of 2017-18 were effectively leveraged for Yoga Awareness and Training, in addition to other themes, which played a key role in effective participation of NYKS in Yoga programmes across the country on the 21.06.2017, i.e., the International Day of Yoga.
  • Youth for Development: The Programme is being organized, to develop leadership qualities of the youth by involving them in Shramadaan activities. Awards are given to youth clubs doing outstanding work.

Youth Hostels

Youth Hostels are built to promote youth travel and to enable the young people experience the rich cultural heritage of the country. The construction of the Youth Hostels is a joint venture of the Central and State Governments.  Youth Hostels provide good accommodation for the youth at reasonable rates. A total of 83 Youth Hostels have been constructed across the country and one more Youth Hostel at Roing (Arunachal Pradesh) is in advanced stage of construction. Six Youth Hostels, namely, Agra (Uttar Pradesh), Dalhousie (Himachal Pradesh), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Mysore (Karnataka), Panaji (Goa) and Puducherry have got the ISO 9001:2008 Certification.

Yoga: A Revolution in the making

 Dr. H R Nagendra* i20178303

While Yoga has always captured the public imagination, the last three years have seen a sea-change in public awareness of Yoga. The announcement of International Day of Yoga on June 21st by the United Nations in response to the appeal by Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi which was spontaneously appreciated and sponsored by 187 countries has promoted Yoga as a way of life to millions of people across the world. With this, India has shared an ancient practice which has now been adopted by almost all countries in the world cutting across cultural, religious, national, and language barriers, thus reinforcing the basic message of Bharat, which is “Unity in Diversity”.

The International Day of Yoga (IDY) bringing millions of people across the world together in an unprecedented scale has started bringing love, peace, and harmony in the world.

In the West, Yoga has been considered essentially as a physical practice to improve flexibility and strength. But, the very word “Yoga” means “Joining”: which brings about the union of mind, body and soul to reach higher states of consciousness.

With the recent advances in quantum physics, including the discovery of the so-called “God Particle” science has started to realise its limitations and begun to see beyond the traditional reductionist framework. Jnana Yoga gives direction to Science to go beyond the physical to recognize five layers of human dimensions.

India has a long tradition of scientific thinking in Vedas known to be the primodial source for all the knowledge base and Yoga having its origin in Vedas has been no exception. The four streams of Yoga Janana, Bhakti, Raja and Karma yogas work at intellectual, emotional, will power and action  levels brings toal personality development and has a message for all as Swami Kuvalayananda said decades back and pioneered the scientific research in Yoga way back in 1940s. In a study conducted on Yogi Satyamurthy, published in 1973, it was noted that he was voluntarily able to stop the electrical activity of the heart for upto 9 hours and then revive him spontaneously back to normal. In other study, practitioners of a Buddhist Meditation technique (Benson et al., 1982) were able to increase their body temperature by over 15 degree Celsius. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s contribution to research brought the dimension of Relaxation response by TM (Transcendental Meditation) all over the world. Yoga as an “add on” to modern medicine to deal NCDs as Diabetes, Cancer, Heart problems, etc has shown very promising results with the mechanisms being understood using tools of genetics, brain changes, psychology, and physiological pathways. Such research is being spearheaded by S-VYASA Yoga University in Bangalore, which is now the only full fledged University in the world dedicated to yogic research.

Thanks to our Prime Minister, it has not just been restricted to a single day celebration, but has been incorporated into our educational system by NCTE, NCERT by bringing yoga as a compulsory subject in Primary, secondary and higher secondary levels. UGC also did not stay behind and has brought yoga in higher education system to create persons to teach research and bring the benefits to one and all.


*Author is Chancellor, S-VYASA Deemed University in Bengaluru.  He is also the Editor of monthly magazine ‘Yoga Sudha’.

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