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New Delhi : National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN), Pune, under Ministry of AYUSH will be organising a series of webinars on Gandhian philosophy of Self Reliance through Self Health Reliance on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations from October 2, 2020  which will go on till National Naturopathy Day on November 18, 2020.

The series of webinars would try to convey the message of Self health responsibility to people through simple Naturopathy modalities  available easily to all of us. The aim of the programme is to create awareness on Naturopathy practices with demonstrations.  Feedback sessions will be strengthened through live chats and discussions with practitioners.

The virtual programmes will open up the physical boundaries and participation in these programmes is expected from across the country and even beyond.  There will be a special effort to spread the thoughts of Gandhiji on health and well being, which are of special significance in the current COVID-19 crisis.  Gandhi ji was convinced that self-health is an individual responsibility, according to a PIB release.

Eminent scholars from different countries would be invited to speak on Mahatma Gandhi’s Insights on Health. Such discourses will be customised to sensitise health care professionals on the views of Mahatma Gandhi on various aspects of Health determinants for better public health.

The webinars shall be organised in partnership with Gandhian institutes in India like the Gandhi Research Foundation, Centre for Gandhian Studies, Gandhi Bhavan, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi etc. Reputed speakers from the International Gandhian Institutes like Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace, Gandhi Information Center, Germany, Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, Virginia, USA, UTS, Sydney, Australia are also expected to join.

This 48-day programme of webinars, starting from October 2, 2020, shall have one session a day for a fixed hour of the day. The webinars shall culminate with a finale –a virtual event on November 18, 2020, the Naturopathy Day.  This is the day on which Mahatma Gandhi had become life time Chairman of the All India Nature Cure Foundation Trust and signed the deed with the object of making the benefits of Nature Cure available to all classes of people.

Alongside webinars programmes like online quiz competition for college and school students, social media contests for public etc shall also be organized. This initiative of NIN, Pune, is in line with its vision of Ayush for disease prevention and health promotion. This is in consonance with the ongoing “Ayush for Immunity” campaign of the Ministry of AYUSH.