International Conference on Yoga held in Mysuru

Union Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) organized a two-day International Conference on Yoga at Mysuru, Karnataka from 15-16 November 2019. During the Conference, the Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik announced that the International Yoga Day 2020 event will be held in Mysuru.

Key Highlights

Conference Theme: ‘Yoga for Heart Care’. The theme-based annual event largely focuses on research in yoga with experts discussing and sharing their thoughts on the subject.

This year’s conference is 5th in series to commemorate unanimous adoption of Resolution by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) during its 69th session in 2014 for observing 21st June as International Day of Yoga.

Since UN declaration of International Day of Yoga, overwhelming interest towards Yoga has been witnessed from international communities globally. Thus, AYUSH Ministry has been organizing International Yoga Conferences every year since 2015.

More than 700 national and international delegates participated in the conference spread over 10 technical sessions involving 50 resource persons and experts. Technical sessions are being conducted on sub-themes including– ‘Yoga for heart care; emerging trends and researches’, ‘Yoga for coronary artery disease’, ‘Role of Yoga in the management of Hypertension’ and ‘Role of Yoga in preventive cardiology’.

The discussion on the need to promote yoga as a sport was held with resource persons from India and abroad.

GoI conducts first ever National Agro Chemicals Congress in New Delhi

The National Agro Chemical Congress was conducted for four days in New Delhi. The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare hosted the event. It was the first of its kind. It is to be conducted once in three years. The Theme of the Congress was

Theme: Country’s Status on various fronts of Agro chemicals

Recommendations of the Congress

  • It is necessary to label the pesticides indicating their mode of action
  • The status of the country should be assessed in its preparedness in invasive exigencies
  • To rethink on restrictive banning of pesticides
  • Government has to bring in a policy regarding data protection of imported pesticides
  • Empowerment of farmers through training.
  • Policy to introduce safe nano-formulations

According to the Congress, the above factors are currently absent in the country. It believes that these recommendations are essential to improve efficient use of pesticides.

Highlights of the event

  • The event outlined the importance of responsible use of agro Chemicals.
  • It also highlighted the precision technologies used to reduce wastage of applied chemicals
  • Various seminars and lectures were presented that focused on discouraging false claims about agro chemicals and tackling the spread of wrong perception among the citizens about agro chemicals.


  • The aim of the congress is to highlight the role played by chemical pesticides in pest management. It emphasized on target specific and environment friendly products
  • The Congress also focused on new concepts in human health, nanotechnology, crops, resource management, smart formulations related sciences to help to boost agricultural productivity.