Yoga centers that started in small rooms have progressed and now have their own buildings, while the only government yoga training centre established more than four decades ago lies in neglect.
However, with yoga coming to the fore under the patronage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this centre too hopes to see a change in its fortunes.
“This is the first yoga training centre of India established by the government. It was established in 1967 and governed by the AYUSH (ayurveda, yoga & naturopathy, unani , siddha and homeopathy) department.
In 1973, it was transferred to the school education department,” informed Pradeep Jain, head of department of the Government Yoga Training Centre.
Jain said the centre used to run a three-month and another month-long certification course. “The centre has trained 2,185 teachers in its 105 training sessions till now.
It has conducted 43 sessions for a month’s course and trained 945 teachers,” said Jain.
“48 years of establishment and training of only 3,130 teachers — The figures are enough to tell the story of neglect of this centre and yoga in Madhya Pradesh,” said Ashutosh Pandey, chief general secretary of MP Shikshak Congress.
This centre, which is now run in a two-room building, could have developed into a centre of excellence, he said.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had announced a yoga policy in 2007 but this centre was not budgeted for.
Under the new policy, a yoga parishad was formed and an award of Rs 1 lakh announced for outstanding work in popularising yoga, but no winners have been declared in the last several years, according to Pandey.