At the age of 44, Ram Kishore’s dream of being a yoga professor at university level got wings after he qualified UGC NET for the subject. UGC NET exam for Yoga was held for the first time this year, and as many as 4,500 candidates applied at 1,421 centres in 90 cities of which only 353 could qualify the examination that opens the gate for being an assistant professor at the higher education institutes. Four candidates who did their masters in human consciousness and yogic sciences from the Lucknow University cracked the examination with the flying colours in the first attempt. They all said choosing yoga as profession is a decision they were happy they made.
Son of a Barabanki farmer, Ram Kishore joined LU’s Institute of Human Consciousness and Yogic Sciences in 2005 as it was the only course he could afford. “I remember I had only one set of clothes and a bicycle when I joined and even when I completed masters. For studies, I got financial support from J N Srivastava whom I met by chance and who even provided me accommodation,” said Ram Kishore. “I started yoga coaching charging a nominal fee and after a struggle of five years got opportunity to be yoga instructor at the Defence Research and Development Organisation, to train soldiers to remain fit at high altitudes. I was in the Siachen glacier camp when the cloudburst took place in 2010,” he said.
Kishore said he cracked NET exam without coaching and was happy that though now in his 40s, he will get permanent job of an assistant professor at some college or university. His batchmate Anjani Kumar Dubey who has taught Yoga at Raj Bhawan, PAC, Judicial Training iInstitutes and Kendriya Vidyalaya, scored highest-68.57-among the four LU students who qualified. Vinod Kumar Tiwari and Raj Kishore Chaurasia, also from the same institute, said qualifying the exam was a landmark in their career.
News Courtesy: The Times of India (link)