The Yoga Institute, Santacruz (East), Mumbai, has received the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Promotion and Development of Yoga in 2018. The Yoga Institute won the award in the ‘Organisation – National’ category.
The timing of the announcement, on International Yoga Day, could not have been better – coinciding with the Institute’s own centenary celebrations through 2018. The Yoga Institute, established in 1918 by Yogendraji, turned 100 years on December 25, 2017. The Institute has produced more than 50,000 Yoga teachers and has over 500 publications to its credit – contributing to the promotion and development of holistic Yoga for every section of the society – both local and international.
The Institute was chosen from among 186 applicants under different categories. The Jury, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha, comprised Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Dr. P. K. Mishra, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, Secretary – AYUSH Dr. H. R. Nagendra, and members – 0. P. Tiwari and Dr. B. N. Gangadhar.
The Jury examined the recommendations of the screening committee chaired by Secretary-AYUSH and drew up a shortlist. The Yoga Institute will be felicitated with a trophy, certificate and an award of Rs 25 lakh.