Kerala to achieve 100% physical literacy in 10 years: CM Vijayan

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has unveiled an ambitious plan to achieve 100 per cent physical literacy within a decade, highlighting Yoga as a significant contributor to this goal.

| Updated: 18 February, 2024 1:44 pm IST
Kerala CM opens colloquium on Yoga at RGCB

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has unveiled an ambitious plan to achieve 100 per cent physical literacy within a decade, highlighting Yoga as a significant contributor to this goal.

Speaking at the inauguration of a two-day colloquium titled “Yoga in Life Sciences & Beyond—Emerging Possibilities for a New World Order,” organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) and the International Yoga Research Foundation on the RGCB campus, the Chief Minister emphasised the need for holistic health initiatives.

The event, held in collaboration with the Ministry of Ayush, University Centre for Yogic Sciences in Bengaluru, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, Regional Cancer Centre, and World Ayurveda Foundation, brought together experts to explore the potential of Yoga in modern life.

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“Kerala has made outstanding progress in the health sector. Still, in the area of social health, there are some shortcomings which need to be addressed seriously. We also need to work on a special action plan to tackle lifestyle diseases, besides regularly updating the health data to plug the loopholes,” CM said.

He announced plans to establish 1,000 Ayush Yoga Clubs across local bodies, aiming to provide Yoga training to 20 people in each ward. He also revealed ongoing schemes with a total outlay of Rs 18.65 crore to enhance the infrastructure of Yoga health centres under the Ayush Mission and state-level initiatives.

Asserting the importance of collective efforts to tackle future health challenges, Vijayan underscored the role of Yoga in promoting overall well-being and positioning Kerala as a destination for health tourism.

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M, Founder President of The Satsang Foundation, delivered a keynote address on the need for research in Yoga science, emphasising the importance of scientific understanding and mainstreaming of Yoga. The CM also launched M’s book “Yoga Niriswararkum” during the event.

At the event, Chandrabhas Narayana also highlighted the colloquium’s objective of providing scientific insights into Yoga, aiming to bridge the gap between traditional practices and modern scientific understanding.

Other speakers at the event included former Chief Secretary V P Joy, Avinash Pandey, Rekha Nair, Sanjay Behari, Prof. S K Ishtiaque Ahmed, Prof. Goapalakrishnan K, and A Jayakumar, Member Governing Body, International Yoga Research Foundation.

 

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