A bouquet of Courses in IGNOU Wellness

IGNOU – Wellness Community College will offer part – time certificate and diploma courses in natural living, nutrition garden, family money management, environment management and speech therapy.

Sponsored by Empower India Movement and affiliated to Health Awareness Centre of Mumbai, the college will function under the aegis of Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Talking about the requirement to introduce awareness about community wellness, IGNOU pro – vice – chancellor Latha Pillai said, “In the run for being on par with our western counterparts, the modern lifestyle that we have adopted is largely dehumanising.

We have formed a productive middle class group, but we have a lot of problems too.

Wellness education will usher in a humane style of living, with positive thinking and positive learning.”

P.I. Peter, chairman, Empower India Movement, said, “Wellness reaches to mysteries of life like age and maintaining vitality, where technology hasn’t been able to make a significant mark.

We want to usher in a wellness revolution that begins with consciousness and sharing of information.”

Ailments such as headache, stomach ache, fatigue and stress are the direct results of eating wrong food and bearing wrong thoughts.

Illness is reactive but wellness is proactive. Wellness is all about living in peace and harmony with nature, he added.

Mr. Peter said that people successfully completing the wellness courses will be able to hold seminars and give lectures on wellness.

They can be online counsellors or can work in health centres that are pro – nature.

The wellness courses, designed even for busy professionals, will be conducted during the afternoons and evenings.

The certificate programmes are of six months duration, while the diploma programmes will extend for a year. The minimum age limit for all programmes is 18 years.

Vijaya Venkat, founder, The Health Awareness Centre; Kalyani Anbuchelvan, vice – chancellor, Tamil Nadu Open University; Kirti Singh, chairperson, World Noni Research Foundation, and P.L. Gautam, chairman, National Biodiversity Authority, were among those who addressed the inaugural function.

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