Updated: June 11, 2015 10:31:15 am
With Rs 30-crore budget, bar-coded entry tickets, an official auditor and the might of the entire official machinery behind it, the government will attempt the yoga world record — two of them actually — on June 21. For one of them, it will be competing against a Kanyakumari-based NGO, the Vivekananda Kendra, that holds the current world record in organising the largest yoga class.
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The government has applied to the Guinness World Records Limited both for the organising of the largest Yoga class — a class entails the presence of an instructor — and also for the presence of people from most nationalities in one yoga class.
Replying to an email from The Indian Express, Jamie Clarke, Press Officer of the Guinness World Records Limited, confirmed that the Government of India has applied to the company for a shot at two records.
“We can confirm that we have received a record application from the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, and they will attempt two Guinness World Records titles — for the largest yoga class and most nationalities in a yoga lesson. The record to beat for the largest yoga class is 29,973, and was achieved by students from 362 schools, who performed a sequence of yogic kriyas called Surya Namaskar, simultaneously for 18 minutes, led by Vivekanand Kendra (India), at Jiwaji University, Gwalior, India on 19 November 2005,” Clarke wrote.
He added that there is no existing record for most nationalities in a Yoga lesson. Guinness on its own, has set a target of at least 50 nations for the record to be admissible. Sources in the Ministry of AYUSH say, the government is not leaving anything to chance and has set its sights on getting people from a 100 nations to participate in the Rajpath event on June 21. “Close to 45 have already confirmed,” said a senior official.
Two Guinness World Records adjudicators will be present at Rajpath to oversee both record attempts. The government has appointed Ernst and Young (EY) as its official auditor for the event that will submit a report to the Guinness authorities. According to sources in the AYUSH ministry, the entry protocol has been laid down by Guinness.
As per the norms, all participants will enter the venue — a 1400 m stretch of Rajpath — with bar-coded entry tickets. At the end of the function the consolidated attendance figure displayed by the scanner will be taken as the official attendance figure. This would also mean that participants will have to start reaching the venue between 4:15 to 4:30 am. Government officials have been told to reach by 5.30 am.
For every 50 mats there will be one volunteer to check occupancy. The volunteers will be from neutral organisations like the National Service Scheme, under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
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