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New Delhi  : The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune, has been selected as the first recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for outstanding contribution to promotion and development of Yoga. The institution of the award was announced by the Prime Minister on the occasion of the Second International Day of Yoga at Chandigarh on June 21, 2016.

The award was recommended by an Evaluation Committee (Jury) constituted under the Chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary and included Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary, Secretary (AYUSH) and Dr Veerendra Heggade as its members. It examined the recommendations of the screening committee and also made its own analysis of the contributions made by the institutions and individuals and recommended Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune, for the prestigious Award, according to a PIB release.

The Government of India has accepted the recommendation of the Committee to honour the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune, with the Prime Minister’s Award for Outstanding Contribution for the Promotion and Development of Yoga for 2017, said the PIB release.
The nominations for the Awards were invited through open advertisement by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, which had developed the guidelines for the awards. The selection was made from among 85 nominations received and 15 more recommended by the screening committee.

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