‘Beauty & Wellness Sector Skill Council’ has trained more 1.30 lakh students as yoga instructors and trainers under ‘Skill India Mission’ across the country in the last eight years, leveraging various employment opportunities available in the field of this life giving divine practice, which is fast becoming a craze all across the globe with 21st June being celebrated as the ‘International Yoga Day’ by the United Nations.
The Beauty & Wellness Sector Skill Council (B&WSSC), working under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), in a bid to promote yoga for holistic well-being, works on the theme ‘Say Yes to Yog and No to Rog’.
Under the leadership of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, yoga has emerged as one of the biggest mass movements across the globe in recent times. Aligned with this vision of PM Modi that the peace from yoga is not merely for individuals, but for the entire society, MSDE has been working closely with B&WSSC to build awareness regarding various career prospects in the field of yoga and encourage youth to embrace them for a promising future.
Yoga is considered to be India’s biggest gift to the world in recent years. With roots in ancient Vedic traditions, yoga is a holistic way to develop inner as well as outer beauty. Emerging from the detrimental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone now foresees an urgent need for skill set enhancement of the potential workforce with a surge in demand for certified Yoga instructors and trainers.
B&WSSC offers three specific courses for yoga – Yoga Instructor (B&W) NSQF 4, Yoga Trainer (B&W) NSQF 5 and Senior Yoga Trainer (B&W) NSQF 6. Institutions like the Art of Living, the Yoga Institute and Patanjali have been associated with the sector skill council and have contributed to its success.
B&WSSC is one of the autonomous industry-led bodies set up by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) – the nodal agency of MSDE – to focus on establishing an effective and efficient ecosystem for developing and imparting skills in the beauty and wellness Industry, through relevant content and curriculum, courses, information database and delivery systems. Since its inception, the council has taken several steps toward organizing this sector by creating several job roles and enhancing the employability of the Indian workforce globally.
Skill India’s sustained efforts to help youth leverage various employment opportunities available in the field of yoga, thousands of students have been trained as yoga instructors and trainers across the country in the last eight years. They have been trained through different skilling initiatives, primarily Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Short Term Training (STT) & Special Projects by B&WSSC. Moreover, due to the efforts of the ministry, yoga has reached nooks and corners of India, benefitting people not only physically but also spiritually. Today, people across the country are learning yoga through our Skill India training centres and considering it as a career option.
According to B&WSSC, the states with the highest number of skilled yoga students are Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha, Kerala, and West Bengal. The sector skill council also has vocational education courses in yoga for CBSE schools starting from classes XI & XII.
Earlier, B&WSSC also signed an MoU with Art of Living in the presence of esteemed dignitaries for skilling of Indian youth in Yoga.