Yoga education in Annamalai University: A role model centre, funded by U.G.C. and approved by NAAC

S. Viswanathan
Centre for Yoga and Meditation Research,
Annamalai University

Annamalai University is a unitary residential University, situated in a rurally backward area in Cuddalore District of Tamilnadu, which has developed into an institution of higher learning with 52 Departments in 9 Faculties including Health Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture etc. all of which are located in the same campus. Currently, there are about 10,000 regular students and 4,000 staff members, most of then staying within the campus. In addition, there are about 1.5 lakh students enrolled in the Directorate of Distance Education of the University. The Centre for Yoga and Meditation Research of Annamalai University was started on 7th December 1998 with the objective of shaping the students into good citizens and also for inculcating values of moral upliftment through teaching Yoga and various meditation techniques. About 10,000 students have been trained so far. The feedback given by most of the participants reveals that there is a remarkable improvement in their personality, interpersonal relations and understanding of moral and spiritual values. The Centre is currently involved in educating the students on the importance of non-violence and peace to free the world from acts of terrorism. Further, through both its curricular and co-curricular activities, it promotes learning about the treasure within. The ultimate aim of the University is to develop the all round personality of the students to face the challenges of the 21st century with faith and courage through the Centre for Yoga and Meditation Research.

This paper was presented at the
National Conference on
Yoga and Indian Approaches to Psychology

Pondicherry, India, September 29 - October 1, 2002