We are pleased to announce the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between SRI BALAJI VIDYAPEETH (Deemed University Accredited with A Grade by NAAC), Pondicherry & AMITY UNIVERSITY New Delhi (Private University Accredited with A Grade by NAAC) at 9.45 AM on 31st March 2017. The MoU signing ceremony was held at the Board Room in University Administrative Block in SBV Campus, Pondicherry-607 403.
Dr W SELVAMURTHY, President Amity Science, Technology and Innovation Foundation, Director General for Amity Directorate of Science and Innovation, Chair Professor for Life Sciences and Chancellor, Amity University, Chhattisgarh represented and signed the MoU on behalf of Amity University while Prof KR SETHURAMAN, Vice Chancellor of SBV signed on behalf of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth in the presence of Prof AR Srinivasan (Registrar SBV) and Prof Ravishankar (Dean MGMCRI). Others present were Prof C Adithan (Director CIDRF), Prof B Adkoli (HOD, Dept of HPE), Prof Jaiganesh (HoD Physiology, MGMCRI), Dr Saravana kumar (Vice Principle, IGIDS) and Prof Eswaran (HoD Psychiatry, MGMCRI) while management was represented by GM Admin Mrs Asha Sureshbabu. Deputy Registrar Mr. Joseph Naresh facilitated the ceremony. CYTER was represented by its Director, Prof Madanmohan, Deputy Director Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Coordinator-cum-Yoga therapist Dr. Meena Ramanathan and Lecturer Sri G Dayanidy along with students of Certificate, PG Diploma and MPhil Courses in Yoga therapy.
This is an innovative step as it represents the coming together of the modern medical science with India’s Leading Research & Innovation Driven multi campus Pvt. University, Amity University. The university additionally operates Amity Global Business School, and a law School in its name which is affiliated with Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in New Delhi.
Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth has been successfully running CYTER, a Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research in its campus since 2010 under the SBV AIM HIGH initiative. CYTER has published 60 papers on Yoga and Yoga research, given Yoga therapy consultations and sessions for more than 34,000 patients and is running Certificate Courses, Post Graduate Diploma (fourth Batch going on) and MPhil leading to PhD in Yoga therapy. The major highlight of these programs is adoption of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) recommended by NAAC and UGC as a major reform in higher education. CYTER has recently been accorded status of Member School of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (USA), and we are proud that CYTER is the first University based Yoga Therapy School in India to receive this prestigious membership. Medical, dental, nursing students and students of constituent colleges of SBV are given regular training and awareness programs in Yoga through CYTER.
This MoU signals the beginning of extensive collaboration in a wide range of activities related to Yoga Therapy, Education and Research. This will include joint educational and research activities, exchange of academic materials and publications as well as the exchange of faculty members for research, lectures and discussions.
Dr W Selvamurthy gave an invited guest lecture from 11 AM the same day on “Yoga for Everyone – Scientific Perspectives” highlighting the scientific research work done in Yoga and graciously shared comprehensive and commendable years of experience in this field.