The Maharashtra government has planned five-year courses for yoga and naturopathy from the academic year 2019-2020. The course ‘Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yoga Sciences’ (BNYS) will bequeath necessary training to students interested in pursuing alternative medicine.
Dr K. Satya Laxmi, director, National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune, said that the move would attract naturopathy enthusiasts. According to the reports, the government is finalising the syllabus.
The BNYS graduates neither would be registered as medical practitioners, nor would they be able to use the prefix ‘Dr’, according to Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER). AYUSH wellness centres, with special yoga and naturopathy departments, would likely absorb the BNYS graduates.