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PGI plans yoga dept on AIIMS lines

March 26, 2019 06:01 AM


Tanbir Dhaliwal ■
PGI plans yoga dept on AIIMS lines
Modalities such as staff, space yet to be finalised; MoU signed with Bengaluru varsity

The objective is that both institutes collaborate for training and research in yoga.

CHANDIGARH : The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) will be starting a department of yoga soon. “We are planning to start department of yoga, just like one at AIIMS. However, modalities like staff and space are yet to been finalised but we will initiate the process,” PGI director Dr Jagat Ram said.

“Yoga is a sort of exercise or physical activity. The non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes, hypertension have become common due to sedentary lifestyle. Hence, yoga is helpful in decreasing the incidence of non-communicable diseases,” PGI director said.

The PGIMER signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusanddhana Samsthana (S-VYASA), Bengaluru, which is a deemed yoga university, in the last week of February.

“The objective is that the S-VYASA and PGIMER shall collaborate in mutually agreeable academic events of teaching, training and research. The researchers and teaching faculty of both the institutes will explore possibility of taking up collaborative research work.”

The PGI director said, “They initiated the process and we agreed to it.”

Head of endocrinology department at PGIMER Dr Anil Bhansali while talking about the benefits of yoga for diabetic patients said ,“We just want one yoga trainer who can come twice a week, then we can ask our patients to practice yoga. This will be definitely useful.”

He said he is ready to prescribe yoga to patients because it helps. “This will not replace the treatment but will be complimentary to the existing treatment, so that quantity of doses can be reduced, quality of life can be improved and Hb level can improve.”

Pre-diabetics can go back to normal by practising yoga, he said adding that yoga helps improves insulin action on target tissues.


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