Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute of Pune was on 21 June 2017 selected as the first recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Promotion and Development of Yoga for 2017. The award was announced on the occasion of third edition of International Yoga Day.
The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute has worked to spread Yoga internationally over a period of 4 decades. The Institute published books on Yoga which were also translated into multiple languages. There are thousands of Iyengar Yoga teachers popularising and propagating yoga across the world.
The Award was recommended by an Evaluation Committee (Jury) constituted under the Chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary. The Evaluation Committee also includes Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary, Secretary (AYUSH) and Veerendra Heggade as its members.
How was the selection done?
• The nominations for the awards were invited through open advertisement by the Union Ministry of AYUSH which had developed the guidelines for the awards too.
• Around 85 nominations were received and 15 more nominations were recommended by the Screening Committee.
• The Evaluation Committee examined the recommendations of the Screening Committee and also made its own analysis of the contributions made by the institutions and individuals.
• After considering all relevant facts and other inputs, the Jury recommended Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute for the Award.
The award was instituted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of the Second International Day of Yoga at Chandigarh on 21 June 2016.
Subsequently, two committees were constituted including the Screening Committee (for preliminary evaluation) and Evaluation Committee (Jury) to ensure that a transparent process is followed in finalizing the awards.
When: 21 June 2017