A total of 112 Teachers of Indian Culture (TICs) have been appointed in Indian
Missions and Posts abroad to teach Yoga, Sanskrit and Vedas, with a budgetary provision of Rs 4.27 crore in 2017-18, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday.
Fifty of them have already joined their respective Missions/Posts, according to the Indian Council for Cultural
Relations (ICCR), which has appointed these (TICs) in the Indian Missions and Posts abroad to teach Indian subjects, Minister of State (independent charge) for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik told the Lower House, in a written reply.
A yoga college named ‘India-China College of Yoga’ has been established in the Yunnan Minzu University, China under the MoU, signed between the University and the ICCR. Ministry of AYUSH has deputed one out of two experts, said Naik.
He said since 1980, ICCR has been promoting teaching of yoga overseas by deploying yoga teachers in Indian cultural centres, located outside the country.
ICCR, which empanels teachers through a selection process involving demonstration and interviews, has conducted orientation for yoga teachers, deployed as TICs.
To promote and popularise AYUSH systems globally, the Ministry deputes yoga experts to take part in fairs/workshops organised by the Ministries of Tourism, External Affairs, Culture and Commerce, among others and by the Indian Missions abroad for yoga demonstration and lectures.
The Ministry has set up 28 AYUSH Information Cells in the premises of the Indian Missions/ICCR cultural centres in 25 countries for dissemination of authentic information, he added.
“The Ministry also organises/participates in international exhibitions/conferences/workshops/seminars/road
shows/trade fairs to have wider reach for international propagation of AYUSH, including yoga.”
ICCR undertakes various measures for global propagation of Indian forms of medicine, including yoga, under the Central Sector Scheme of International Cooperation (IC),” he added.
He said to ensure credibility of knowledge and skills of yoga experts, the Ministry of AYUSH has initiated a scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals, which aims at certifying the competence level of Yoga professionals to help their deployment within and outside the country.
ICCR, with the support of Ministry of AYUSH, facilitates celebration of the International Day of Yoga through Indian Missions/Posts abroad by providing financial assistance for various