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Now, yoga is compulsory for management students

MANAGEMENT STUDENTS and yoga? Sounds strange, but the Faculty of Management Studies in Banaras Hindu University has made yoga a compulsory subject for its students to relieve them of stress.
None | By HT Correspondent, Varanasi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 30, 2006 12:38 AM IST

MANAGEMENT STUDENTS and yoga?

Sounds strange, but the Faculty of Management Studies in Banaras Hindu University has made yoga a compulsory subject for its students to relieve them of stress.

All 140 first-year and second- year students of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of International Business Administration (MIBA) courses of the FMS-BHU are being given training in yoga so that these budding corporate executives are not overwhelmed by stress.

On an average, 30 to 35 students do yoga and meditate from 8.45 am to 9.30 am before commencement of their regular classes five days a week. Men students are trained from Monday to Thursday. Friday is earmarked for women students. 

They are trained under the supervision of Prof AK Agrawal, senior faculty member of the FMS-BHU and yoga trainer.

Prof Agrawal said yoga classes yielded good results and students were able to concentrate better now. 

He said the idea was to ease stress and enable the budding corporate to perform better in a competitive market.

He said the yoga classes were being held in the faculty for the last two or three years, but they were made compulsory this year.

FMS-BHU dean Prof HC Chaudhary said students were enthusiastic about the yoga classes. Prof Chaudhary gave credit to yoga classes for cent per cent campus placement in the academic year 2005-06. 

The salary offered to the students ranged from Rs 2.4 lakh to Rs 8 lakh per annum with an average Rs. 3.5 lakh. The FMS-BHU was established in 1968 and now more than three thousands students have passed out from this faculty.

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