The 15,000 schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have been asked to conduct yoga classes twice in a week for students reading in these schools. The yoga classes will commence as part of their physical activity programme.
AYUSH Minister Shripad Yasso Naik while replying to Rajya Sabha pointed out that the yoga education has also been made a compulsory part of study and practice of the school curriculum by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).
According to Naik, “The HRD Ministry has further informed that there are 15,692 schools affiliated to the CBSE who have already been advised to provide compulsory 40-45 minutes of physical activities or games to the students of classes I-X every day. The students of classes XI-XII should participate in physical activity/games/mass physical training/yoga for at least two periods per week (90-120 minutes/week).” Till now the board has been offering physical and health education to classes XI and XII and now Yoga would become a compulsory part of it. Modules, on yoga education for diploma in elementary education, and master of education have been formed out by NCTE.
Naik further added, “These will be used by more than 18,000 teacher education institutions and also 14 lakh student teachers and teacher educators who are studying or teaching in these institutions.” The HRD ministry has previously informed that the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 has already been drafted under which yoga has been recommended as integral part of health and physical education. For successful promotion of yoga centre has initiated schemes like AYUSH Mission (NAM) and various other throughout the nation.
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