State Wise Naturopathy & Yoga Practioners
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
07-February-2014 15:39 IST
Yoga and Naturopathy Practitioner
The number of yoga and naturopathy practitioners in the country, State/UT-wise as follows-
Registered Yoga and Naturopathy practitioners in the Country upto January, 2014
Jammu & Kashmir
A & N Islands
D & N Haveli
Daman & Diu
*NA- Not available
Source- Compiled on the basis of information provided by the State Governments.
There is no system of registration of Yoga practitioners under Act/guidelines of Government of India. Further, no assessment was made by the Government for compiling the figure of yoga practitioners in the country. Those who have studied naturopathy and yoga medical degree course, i.e. Bachelor in Naturopathy and Yoga Sciences (B.N.Y.S.) from a recognized university are eligible to register as doctors in naturopathy and yoga Sciences.
Those who have studied any degree/diploma such as B.A./B.Sc./M.A./M.Sc., diploma/Certificate courses in yoga are considered yoga professionals and they are not registered as yoga doctors.
The Department of AYUSH has already asked State Governments to enact comprehensive legislation for the regulation of naturopathy covering registration of practitioners, medical education and all matters related to naturopathy. Further, it was recommended that in the meantime a system be set up for the registration of practitioners and for the accreditation of institutions on the basis of guidelines formulated and issued by the Government of India. The guidelines are comprehensive for the said purposes.
The State/UT-wise action taken on the guidelines issued by the Central Government in respect of following States are as follows:
Name of State
Action taken by State Government
A committee has been constituted to enact legislative frame- work for Registration/accreditation of Naturopathy Practitioners and Naturopathy Institutions. The committee has submitted the recommendations to the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
A committee has been constituted to draft a legislation to regulate Yoga and Naturopathy practice in Delhi.
The State Government has already enacted “Karnataka Ayurvedic, Naturopathy, Sidda, Unani and Yoga Practitioners Registration and Medical Practitioners Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1961” and framed thereunder, The Karnataka Ayurvedic, Naturopathy, Sidda, Unani and Yoga Practitioners Registration and Medical Practitioners Miscellaneous Provisions Rules, 1964. KAUP Board, Bangalore, is providing registration to eligible BNYS Graduate practitioners in the field of Yoga and Naturopathy.
Rajasthan State Naturopathy Development Board has been established and registered in the State. Further, a Gazette notification dated 2.7.2013 has been published for the registration of Yoga and Naturopathy practitioners.
A system of registering BNYS graduates is in place since 1995.
Comments on the guidelines have been obtained by the State Government from Director, Ayurveda and Registrar, Indian Medicine Board.
Government of India, for the first time started B.Sc.(Yoga Science), a degree course in Yoga in Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga(MDNIY) from the year 2012-13.
This was stated by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.