The Defence Services Staff College observed international Yoga Day on June 21 at Wellington, Nilgiris. This was in accordance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's objective of making the day a record-making event.

Prime Minister Modi has often expounded on the immense health benefits of the various yogic asanas. The international community has also long recognized that Yoga provides a holistic approach to good health and well-being. Underlining the long term benefits of practising yoga and recognizing the urgent need to disseminate information and create awareness about yoga within the world population, the PM had urged the United Nations to proclaim June 21 as International Yoga Day. Almost 192 nations supported this initiative, leading to the UN officially declaring June 21 as International Yoga Day.

Despite inclement weather more than 1,000 officers from India and International Armed Forces and ladies participated in the event held at an indoor stadium, with great enthusiasm. The Commandant DSSC, Lt Gen S K Gadeock, AVSM, enumerated the benefits of Yoga, which has been practised in India for more than 5,000 years. He declared that India being the birthplace of Yoga, the DSSC would inspire the officers and staff to practise Yoga and imbibe the consequent manifold advantages.

Earlier this year, in March, the Commandant organized the Nilgiris 'Eco Trail Run', as a dedicated and sustained effort towards reducing the Carbon footprint and also highlighting the conservation issues facing the Nilgiris. The run has now been recognized as a National Record of the Largest Eco Trial Run held in India.