Yoga Training for Sikkim Concludes at Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar
02 Feb, Gantok : Training of Trainers for Yoga for the Teachers of Sikkim concluded successfully with valedictory function at Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar on January 29, 2016. This training specially sponsored for the teachers f Sikkim in order to introduce yoga classes in the schools of Sikkim started on January 16, 2016 where 525 trainees including Pre Primary Teachers, Primary Teachers and other teachers from various levels participated and successfully completed the course.
This has been for the first time in the history of Sikkim that such a massive training was conducted outside state where and that special trains were chartered for the both way journeys.
On the occasion of the valedictory session, Swamji Baba Ramdev addressed the participants and dignitaries present. He mentioned the initiatives of the Government of Sikkim in introducing yoga course in the schools of Sikkim and also applauded the vision and initiatives of the Chief Minister Sri Pawan Chamling. He further mentioned that an advanced course for the trainees who have completed the course at Patanjali is also necessary to be given which could be organised in a later stage either at Patanjali or in Sikkim. Baba Ramdev also applauded the initiatives of the HRDD Minister and the officers of HRDD. He further encouraged and motivated thee trainees to implement this programme in the schools of Sikkim.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister Sri Pawan Chamling, who could not attend the programme, though he wanted to, had sent a message to Baba Ramdev in which it was mentioned that the Government of Sikkim would be introducing yoga course in all schools of Sikkim from this academic session, 2016. In his message, the Hon’ble Chief Minister also made mention that construction of Jyotrilinga, Chaar Dhaam and a temple in each village in Sikkim also had the blessings of Baba Ramdev.
Te Hon’ble Minister for HRDD Sri RB Subba, who was the Chief Guest of the programme expressed his gratitude to the Patanjali Yogpeeth for having trained the teachers of Sikkim on the yoga area. He also mentioned several initiatives of the Government of Sikkim towards building a society where people are physically, mentally and spiritually strengthened. For t his, the beginning is the training of yoga and introduction of this course in the schools. He further congratulated the trainee teachers for completing this course successfully and also appealed them to implement this in their respective schools with total dedication and commitment. It has been a matter of pride that despite belonging to different communities and faiths, all the teachers have performed during the course together and better, appreciated the HM/HRDD.
Sri GP Upadhyaya, IAS, Principal Secretary/HRDD, while addressing the programme stated that quite a handsome amount of public money has been spent for t his programme and now it is the turn of these teachers to repay this back to the public by way of performance. He also appealed the teachers to be consummate in their efforts while implementing this programme. Sri Upadhyaya also expressed his thankfulness to the Patanjali Yogpeeth for their committed effort in imparting training to the trainee teachers.
The summarizing and vote of thanks was delivered by Sri Bhim Thatal, Director/Primary Education who has organised and coordinated the training programme. Sri Thatal also mentioned that as an initiative of the government, yoga would be a part of curriculum in primary education in Sikkim. He also said that in the event of organizing an advanced course for these trainees, it would now be organised in Sikkkim where trainers of Patanjali Yogpeeth would be invited. He thanked Acharya SriBalkrishna Maharaj for his entire support for the programme, Swamiji Sri Baba Ramdev for guiding, training and inspiring the teachers personally. He also thanked the trainers of the Yogpeeth, the Chef General Manager Sri Lalit Mohan, all those who were involved in the food and lodging, transport and other management. He also thanked Sri Laxuman Adhikari, Headmaster Barang Primary School, who was designated as the Nodal Officer for taining programme, for his untiring efforts and dedicated works while managing the entire programme at the training venue and also during the travel.
The programme was also attended by the Hon’ble Advisor/HRDD Sri OT Lepcha, Secretary, Law Department Smt Lakchung Sherpa, Joint Director Sri Sonam Lepcha/North, Joint Director Sri Sonam Denzongpa/Est, Joint Director Sri MK Rai/South and Joint Direcor Smt Tshering Eden Bhutia/West.
The HM/HRDD and the officers of the department also offered a memento to the Patanjali Yogpeeth. Trainees were awarded certificates for successful completion. During the valedictory programme, teachers also demonstrated yoga in batches by male and female. They also performed cultural programmes.
Although the valedictory session was conducted on January 29, 2016, the entire training programme finally concluded on January 31, 2016 after local visits of Haridwar and departure of trainees for NJP by special chartered train which reached NJP on February 02, 2016.