On the occasion of International Yoga Day, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) made some decisions on the special day. While the Prof. Najma Akhtar, Vice Chancellor, JMI, announced Yoga training everyday to boys and girls, AMU marked seven days of celebrations of mass yoga exercise session.Speaking after an hour-long Yoga exercise, Prof. Akhtar while congratulating the people on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga emphasized that Yogasana should be practiced every day.Addressing youths in particular, Prof. Akhtar told them to do Yoga on a regular basis that would help in building a healthy India. “Whatever course you are pursuing you should practice Yoga and also teach Yoga”, she said.Yoga Day celebrations at JamiaOver 500 participants including volunteers of NCC, NSS performed Yoga in the sprawling lawns of MAK Pataudi Sports Complex under the supervision of an instructor provided by the Union Ministry of AYUSH. She said that “every day one group each of boys and girls studying in the university would be provided Yoga training under the supervision of a Yoga instructor. Teachers, students and other employees of the university can also participate in it.”Yoga Day celebrations at AMUThe event was marked with massive awareness campaigns, seminars on the health benefits of the Vedic-era practice and grand yoga group events at the university.Addressing over 500 yoga enthusiasts, the Chief Guest, AMU Vice Chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been instrumental in advocating the practice of yoga in India and acquainting the world with its far-reaching health benefits.”A brainchild of Prime Minister-led dispensation, India pushed for International Day of Yoga on the global platform and as a result, the United Nations recognized it as an international event to be celebrated on 21 June every year,” said Mansoor.advertisementUrging people to make yoga a part of their daily life, the Vice-Chancellor said, “Peace and harmony are related to yoga. People across the world must practice it.”Pointing out that yoga is above religion, Mansoor said: “Yoga is an integrated system of self-transformation with spiritual enlightenment as the ultimate goal, but it also gives other benefits as well,” he elaborated adding that regular yoga heals mental and physical ailments.”I do yoga regularly as it reduces the risk of injury and soothes the mind and lowers stress levels,” said Mansoor.Attending the programme as the Guest of Honour Professor Akbar Husain (Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences) said, “Yoga can be broadly defined as the systematic effort made by man to the development of youthfulness and good health through physical and mental exercises.”He added that yoga is not only a popular activity around the world but also a very much sought out research topic.