SWAMI GITANANDA GIRI MEMORIAL GOLD MEDAL FOR YOGA STUDIES
- SWAMI GITANANDA GIRI MEMORIAL GOLD MEDAL FOR YOGA STUDIESPondicherry University Community College (PUCC) is the first of such colleges in India and is celebrating its decennial year along with the bi-decennial year of Pondicherry University. The brain child of Prof Gnanam, the former Vice Chancellor of Pondicherry University this college caters to the needs of the local community and offers numerous job oriented courses that aim at developing practical skills in the students so that they can blend into the community with ease and serve society in a productive manner. Various courses are offered at the PUCC of which the Certificate and Diploma Courses in Yoga are amongst the most popular.The diploma distribution ceremony held at the PUCC campus on October 28th 2006saw the distribution of three Gold Medals in the reverential memory of Swami Gitananda Giri for excellence in Yoga Studies. The Gold Medals sponsored by Dr Ananda in order to motivate the students into deeper and higher levels of learning were awarded to Rajalakshmi (2001-02), Satish (2002-03) and Meena Ramanathan (2003-04) for securing first place during the Certificate in Yoga teaching (CYT) course.The Swami Gitananda Giri Memorial Gold Medals were given away by the dynamic Education Minister of Pondicherry Shri MOHF Shajahan in the presence of Prof M Ramadass the Pondicherry Representative to the Indian Parliament who is also the founder director of the PUCC. Dr M Ramadass, one of Indias noted economist had as founder director worked day and night had for the first five years despite many hurdles to put the PUCC on the right track and he was justifiably proud and pleased to see its successful development at the end of the completion of ten eventful years. His key note address on the occasion was inspiring and has further motivated many of the present day resource persons tremendously.Also present on the occasion were Prof Gnanam, former Vice Chancellor of Pondicherry University as well as the present registrar, director of studies and controller of examinations of Pondicherry University. Eminent legal adviser and former president Pondicherry Bar Council Shri M Suganantham and Dr Govindarajulu, Director, Physical Education dept of Pondicherry University were among the other special invites that are playing an important role in various courses at the PUCC. Dr KS Kumari, Principal of the PUCC welcomed the august gathering and presented highlights of the functioning of the PUCC.This year 30 students have enrolled for the Diploma in Yoga Education course and they are being guided by Dr Ananda along with a team of resource persons headed by Mrs. Meena Ramanathan who is the coordinator of the Yoga Courses. Scientific basis of Yoga, history and fundamentals of Yoga, methods of Yoga and its teachings along with practical training are part of the first semester course while Yoga therapy and applied Yoga are subjects in the second semester syllabus of this year long course. Those interested in joining the next intake for this excellent course may contact Dr Ananda (98423 11433) or Mrs. Meena Ramanathan (98433 35303) for further details on enrollment.Yogacharya Dr.Ananda Balayogi BhavananiChairman : Yoganjali Natyalayam and ICYERHon General Secretary, Pondicherry Yogasana Association25, 2nd Cross,Iyyanar Nagar, Pondicherry, South India-605 013Tel: +91-413 - 2622902 / +91-413 -3203314/+91-413 -2241561Website: www.icyer.com
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