Urdu promotion body (NCPUL) asks units to teach yoga


NEW DELHI: The National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL), an autonomous body under the ministry of human resource development, has directed all its centres imparting training in computer applications, business accounting and multilingual desktop publishing (CABA-MDTP) as well as calligraphy and graphic designing (CGD) to include yoga in the daily programme of students.

CABA-MDP centres were set up as part of an initiative of NCPUL, the nodal agency for promotion of the Urdu language, to make the Urdu-speaking population a part of the employable workforce. The CGD centres spring from a similar initiative of the agency. Both centres offer diplomas.

Issued by NCPUL assistant director (academics) Shama K Yazdani on March 29, the order included a copy of the ‘Common Yoga Protocol’ for International Day of Yoga, June 21, 2016. The protocol states that yoga be begun with a prayer, which includes the chanting of ‘Om’.

“Since this will be carried out in religious institutions, the chanting of ‘Om’ could create a controversy,” professor Khaja Ikram, a former director of NCPUL said.