The recipients of the Prime Minister’s Award for Outstanding Contribution towards Promotion and Development of Yoga for the year 2018 have been declared on the eve of the 4th International Yoga Day, to be held on Thursday.
The awardees are Dr. Vishwas Mandlik, a yoga teacher from Nasik, and the Yoga Institute, a non-profit organisation located in Mumbai, an official statement said on Wednesday.
A screening committee, led by the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) was responsible for selecting the awardees from a total of 186 applications that were submitted to them.
Dr. Mandlik started the Yoga Vidya Dham, a non-profit organisation that seeks to spread the knowledge and practice of yoga, in 1972. The organisation has 160 branches across India today, as well as branches in countries like US, UK, and Australia. The title of “Yogacharya” was conferred upon Dr. Mandlik by Paramacharya Paramhansa Niranjananda Saraswati of the Bihar Yoga Bharati university.
Considered the oldest organised centre for yoga in the world, the Yoga Institute is a non-profit organisation that has been operational for 100 years as of 2018. Having produced more than 5000 yoga teachers and 500 publications, the organisation has made notable contributions to the field. It was also the first yoga school authorised to carry out government certified courses by the Ministry of AYUSH in 2016.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the celebrations for International Yoga Day in Dehradun this year, in the lawns of the Forest Research Institute (FRI). He will be accompanied by hundreds of volunteers while performing yogasanas.
The occasion will see events organised all around the world in celebration.
PM Modi, in recent days, has been promoting yoga on his Twitter account, sharing pictures of people doing yogasanas in different parts of the world.
In a world of excess, Yoga promises restraint and balance.
In a world suffering from mental stress, Yoga promises calm.
In a distracted world, Yoga helps focus.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 18, 2018
Yoga Day celebrations were held in New Delhi in 2015, in Chandigarh in 2016, and in Lucknow in 2017.