Pitamah Of Higher Education- Dr. Ishwar Bhardwaj

The narrative of a man who exemplifies the virtues of character and ability. Yog professionals hail him as one of the world’s most revered teachers. He’s had an incredible experience. This man, an author of four books and many articles has commenced the introduction of the first doctorate and master’s degree programmes in the field of yog in India and abroad. His commitment to imparting his wisdom has benefited the lives of many individuals. Let’s look at one example of someone we can all strive to emulate. He is a glimmer of light amid a sea of darkness.
Dr. Ishwar Bhardwaj
A humble man with aristocratic aspirations who began his career in bodybuilding and wrestling before becoming a Hindi Sanskrit instructor, then a yog professional, and ultimately the man whose efforts led to the establishment of master’s degree courses (M.A. and M.Sc.) Yog and Ph.D. Yog courses in university programmes. Dr. Ishwar Bhardwaj is a world-renowned yog professional. Over 36 years of experience as an educator in the yog industry, he has been recognised for his achievements for his exceptional work in the sector. He possesses self-assurance, an ability for leadership, and perseverance. Despite his great successes, he prefers to live a humble lifestyle. He is a man of high moral character who’s lived an ordinary existence while harbouring noble ambitions. An unpretentious man with a soft-spoken demeanour is what you’ll find when you meet him. He is modest and disdains to show off. He’s a dedicated educator with a kind spirit and is unsurpassed as a teacher and mentor. Because of his strong belief in the healing power of yog, he wanted students to pursue yog at master’s and doctorate levels so that they could spread the benefits of yog to others, and as a result of his efforts, universities introduced doctorate and master’s levels. He has  spearheaded a country wide effort to include Master’s (M.A. and M.Sc.) and Ph.D. degrees in the core curriculum. His work was a big part of how the Indian spiritual practise of Yog got its recognition. He is presently the Dean of Academics at Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya and has a remarkable record in yog. He taught his students the value of hard work and persistence and helped them to the best of his ability. Although he helped underprivileged youngsters pay for their education, he never excused their absences. He ensured that his pupils were punctual in their studies. Ishwar Bhardwaj, an Indian yog scholar and winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, has been a strong supporter of yog education and has been influential in establishing master’s and doctorate degree programmes in the yog subject. The Manav Chetna, Saral Yogsan, Aupanishadik Adhyatma Vijnana, and Upnishadon mein Samayas Yog are well-known works by Ishwar Bhardwaj. He believes the most essential attributes of a teacher are a strong desire to learn and an insatiable intellectual curiosity. As yog has given him so much, he now spends his life helping others and believes it is time to give back to the yog community.
A Journey through the Life of Dr. Ishwar Bhardwaj
Dr. Ishwar Bhardwaj was born on July 4th, 1955. He is a modest, down-to earth person and believes in humanitarianism. He has turned the tables upside down to introduce yog to the main curriculum. In 1982, the Vice Chancellor of Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya Balbhadr Kumar Ahuja inspired him to pursue and acquire knowledge about yog. He pursued a Diploma in Yog by completing his training under Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari and became a yog instructor. From 1983-1984 he started certificate, diploma, and degree courses in the department of yog in Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidalaya. These courses were available at the university where Masters and Ph.D. were unavailable. Initially, the duration of the certificate course was four months and later exceeded up to one year. In 1991 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) was started in Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya and had applied to University Grant Commission (UGC) to seek approval to introduce post-graduate courses in yog. In 1992, he succeeded permission from UGC and introduced Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Sciences (M.Sc) in Yog in Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidalaya (first ever in India and abroad). No master’s degree in yog existed in India or abroad. In 1993-94 he kept proposals of issuing funds to universities. Later, UGC formed a committee that led to the sanction of funds due to his innumerable efforts by UGC to ten universities for making the yog department and appointing yog instructors to educate students on yog. Later, in 1996, he succeeded by introducing the Doctor of Philosophy in Yog. He was the only yog instructor in Gurukul at that time. Surprisingly, when the first batch of M.A./M.Sc began with only three students due to a lack of awareness and lack of promotion and media. One of them was Karamvirji, an associate of Swami Ramdevji. Swami Ramdevji admires him a lot. He didn’t enroll in the course but attended a few classes with him.
Accomplishments of the most Revered Man of Yog Discipline
Apart from his efforts that resulted in the first Master’s and Ph.D. in Yog to be established throughout India and across the globe. He has travelled around the globe (Canada, China, Thailand, Mauritius, Nepal, etc.) and introduced Yog to academia and research. His academic contribution inspired many universities and it has led to the establishment and design of Syllabi in Yog, Yogic Science, Yogic Therapy, and Naturopathy in
various universities. He is associated with various organizations and institutions like Governing Board and the International University Center for Yogic Science established by UGC/Ministry of HRD Govt. of India. Committee constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India for Promotion and teaching yog at all levels in Central Universities of India. President, Uttarakhand, Indian Yog Association (IYA), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India. He was presented with Life Time Achievement Award in International Conference on Multidisciplinary Healthcare organized by AIIMS – 2014, during 9-14 January 2014, and many more. He was honoured with the Life Time Achievement Award by the Consulate General of India, Guangzhou, China, Dujiangyan Municipal People’s Government, office of Foreign and Overseas Chinese affairs, Chengdu, China, and International Yog Festival Committee 2018, Uttarakhand tourism on 21 June 2018, on the celebration of International Day of Yog in Chendu, China. Other than the awards he is also the Member of Governing Board, International University Centre for Yogic Science Established by UGC/Ministry of HRD Govt. of India, and a Member of the Committee constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India for Promotion and Teaching yog at all levels in Central Universities of India. He is also a Member of the committee constituted by UGC for Preparing Syllabus for NET in Yogic Science.
His Words of Wisdom About Yog
You shouldn’t think of yog as merely consisting of asana, pranayama, the guidelines of Yama, the practice of meditation, and samadhi; you should think of it as a combination of those things. Practising yog won’t cause any harm in any way, so one shouldn’t think of it as merely consisting of asana, pranayama, the guidelines of Yama, the practice of meditation, and samadhi. Samadhi is a term used to describe a meditative state of enlightenment that is attained through the practice of yog. Yog has the potential to be of service to us in the process of nurturing our spiritual selves, which is a very critical aspect if we want to grow in both a physical and a spiritual sense simultaneously. If we want to experience growth in both a physical and a spiritual  sense, then practicing yog is an absolute must. Collaboration is the only solution if one wants freedom from all distinct periods. And we need to do yog not just to protect our health but also for our entire development, general advancement in our overall growth and improvement. Yog is essential for both of these things.

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