Schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in Orissa have welcomed central government’s move of introducing yoga in the curriculum from this academic session. However many schools have pointed out that they had included Yoga as part of their physical education programme long back.
Smriti Irani, the HRD Minister of India, announced that Yoga would be part of course curriculum in all the central-government run schools from class VI to X, after the celebration of the International Yoga Day all throughout the world. It would soon become compulsory in CBSE affiliated schools and state-run schools throughout the whole nation.
According to State School and Mass Education Secretary Usha Padhee, “We have yoga already in our health and physical education, which is incorporated in the school activities.” Some of the students who are interested in such activities are quite happy as they would get regular chances of practicing yoga in their schools.
According to the chairman of SAI International School B K Sahoo, “I am really happy that yoga is made a compulsory subject. Yoga is a disciplined method to achieve a goal, a technique to control the body and the mind, and I reiterate its importance in today’s highly stressful life.”