Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) is an autonomous organization registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and fully funded by Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India. The Institute is located amidst the beautiful landscape built in the Lutyens’ Zone in the heart of the capital city of India, i.e., 68, Ashoka Road, New Delhi, Keeping in view the tremendous potential of Yoga as a health science, especially for stress related psychosomatic diseases, the erstwhile Central Council for Research in Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy had sanctioned a five bedded Yoga Research Hospital in the year 1970 attached to Vishwayatan Yogashram, then a private society.
After realizing the importance and effectiveness of yogic practices in preventive, promotive and curative aspects as revealed by the scientific studies done in the field, Central Research Institute for Yoga (CRIY) was established on 1st of January, 1976 and the staff working in the Yoga Research Hospital were absorbed. The main activities of CRIY were free Yoga training to general public and scientific research on various practices of Yoga. CRIY remained an Institute for planning, promotion and coordination of yogic research and training till 1998. In view of increasing activities and need for rendering high quality services besides realizing the growing importance of Yoga countrywide, a decision was taken to establish a national institute for Yoga and name it as Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) by merging the Central Research Institute for Yoga (CRIY) in it. Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) comes under Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India. It is one of the premier yoga institutes of India and the world, which is primarily focused upon Yoga education, Yoga training, Yoga therapy and Yoga research. It is located at 68, Ashoka Road, opposite to Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Near Gole Dak Khana, Delhi, India. MDNIY is approximately 20 km from Indira Gandhi International Airport and about 2 km from New Delhi Railway Station. There are four Research Councils which continue to initiate and guide, develop and coordinate scientific research in different aspects of respective systems, both fundamental and allied.
These Councils are the apex bodies for research in the concerned systems of medicine and are fully financed by the Government of India. Their research activities have been reviewed to ensure that Councils undertake meaningful research under fixed parameters within specified period and disseminate research findings for the benefit of educationists, researchers, physicians, manufacturers and common man. The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic sciences (CCRAS), Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India is the apex body for undertaking, coordinating, formulating, developing and promoting research in Ayurveda on scientific lines.
The activities are carried out through its 30 Institutes/Centres/Units located at different states across the country and also in collaboration with reputed academic and research organizations. The emphasis is on finding effective and low cost remedies for various diseases through systematic research. The research activities of the Council include Medicinal Plant Research (Medico-ethno botanical Survey, Pharmacognosy and Tissue Culture), Drug Standardization, Pharmacological Research, Clinical Research, Literary Research & Documentation and Tribal Health Care Research Programme. Council has taken up the Swasthya Rakshan Programme to give benefits to public of urban colonies or rural areas to be implemented from August, 2015 in 19 States through 21 peripheral institutes. Ayurgenomics has been initiated at Hqrs. level since 7th August, 2014. Besides this, NPCDCS programme has been undertaken and expected to be initiated by September, 2015.
The following is the list of scholars from Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences