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The word Yoga is derived from Sanskrit Yuj - which means to unite or integrate.
The Hon'ble Prime Minister has desired to spread India's traditional knowledge worldwide with credible systems which shall provide India the leadership in assuring quality of Yoga practices across the world.
The Ministry of AYUSH in pursuance of the above and in the wake of declaration of International Day of Yoga recognizes there is a huge demand for Yoga experts at national and international level.
The Ministry of AYUSH identified QCI to develop a Voluntary Scheme for Evaluation and Certification of Yoga Professionals recognising that QCI has expertise in developing such quality frameworks based on international best practices.
The focus of the Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professional, as it is being called, is to certify the competence of Yoga Professionals who provide Yoga lessons/classes.
QCI has designed the Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professional by adopting the principles and requirements laid down in the international standard, ISO/IEC 17024:2012 (E) General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons especially clause 8 that describes the elements of the scheme.
The scheme was presented to a Steering Committee constituted for the purpose of multistakeholder consultation, chaired by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji having members from the Government, Yoga Institutions, Universities, Industry Bodies, related Organizations, and individual experts for discussion and seeking concurrence from experts representing various Schools of Yoga.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji appreciated the completeness of the documents and requested for internalizing some points that came up during the discussion.
An Expert Group under the Chairmanship of Dr. H. R. Nagendra, Chancellor, S-VYASA Yoga University was constituted to modify the Scheme based on directions of the Steering Committee.
A pilot evaluation was undertaken to validate the draft scheme and 19 candidates were subjected evaluation as per the updated Competence Criteria (Standard).
The Scheme has the following sections