Yoga guru Ramdev to set up university in Haryana

Chandigarh: Yoga guru Ramdev today announced his plans to set up a university in Haryana, which will be established and controlled under his Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth.

BJP government in Haryana today decided to set up an AYUSH university at Kurukshetra, Ramdev also informed that he too plans to set up another university in the State, without elaborating about it.

"The Government will set up this university (at Kurukshetra), but we (under Patanjali) too will set up one. A resolution to this effect will be passed in Haryana Assembly soon," Ramdev told reporters here this evening.

When asked if he will seek any help from Manohar Lal Khattar government for setting up the university, Ramdev said, "we will seek legal advice from government, but not any financial incentive."

Khattar, who was also present in the press conference along with Ramdev said, "Swami ji has multiple roles, one in which he runs his organisation like in Haridwar or in Haryana, the government will not have any role in this. He is Haryana's brand ambassador for promotion of Yoga and Ayurveda, a role which he has accepted and we are seeking his guidance and moving forward on this."

About the proposed AYUSH university at Kurukshetra, Ramdev said it would have the facility of in-patient and out-patient departments, pharmacy and a herbal garden.

He assured the Chief Minister that Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth and the State Government would work together for setting up of this varsity.

The Yoga Guru also indicated that after Uttrakhand, Haryana would be a major base for Patanjali.

He also said that it would be his endeavour to see that Haryana becomes a major hub of education, where value-based and moral education was imparted with modern education.

The yoga guru, who was accompanied by his close aide Balkrishna, was speaking to reporters after his meeting with Haryana CM, seniors ministers, including Health Minister Anil Vij, besides top officials of the state government, in connection with promotion of yoga and ayurveda in the state.

Ramdev, further said that the world's biggest herbal forest would be set up at Morni in Panckhula district.

It would have plants of thousands of species of ayurvedic herbs, which would be grown under the supervision of Yoga guru and his aide Balkrishna.

"The world's largest herbal forest would be set up at Morni in district Panchkula where species of all medicinal plants would be made available. This herbal forest, which would be completely developed in the coming 2-3 years, would put Haryana on the international map. It would not only provide a platform to the researchers from world but also emerge as an international tourist destination," he said.

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