New Delhi: Yoga is now to be taught as a compulsory subject in government schools. It is not only from class VI to X in central government schools but also as a training module in Teacher Education Programmes (TEP).

In a bid to make yoga a more integral part of the physical education programme in central government run schools. The Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani on Monday June 22 released syllabus with complete course material for yoga designed by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for classes VI-X.

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HRD minister smriti irani released syllabus with complete course material for yoga designed by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for classes VI-X

The HRD minister Smriti Irani was in New Delhi to attend the two-day National Yoga teacher conference. More than 500 yoga teachers from across the country, including 200 yoga teachers from Delhi government schools, are participating in the event which started on Monday, June 22.

By releasing the course material and syllabus of Yoga for students of central government run schools at a two-day conference of yoga teachers, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said that, “The subject of Yoga would not put any additional burden on students with 80 percent of the marks reserved for practicals and only 20 percent for theory”.

“Yoga will be taught in upper primary and secondary (Class VI-X). We have decided that 80 per cent will be for practicals. However, I want an assurance from students that they will perform the practicals with full devotion”, added by Irani in her statement.

Later talking to reporters, she said, the states are free to decide on adopting it in their syllabus and to link with their the course curriculum.

Officials said that, “CBSE is yet to “devise” a strategy with regards to its implementation in the affiliated schools”.

The programme would, however, be made mandatory in under government run schools and colleges like Kendriya Vidyalayas and the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.

Talking about the training module on yoga for teacher education programme, she said, the aim is to produce a pool of trained teachers in yoga who meet the upcoming demands.

Yoga is already taught as a selective choice subject in government-run schools like the Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas under the co-scholastic activity of Physical Education.

Sources say that, The NCERT is soon likely to issue guidelines that would ensure, yoga is taught in one out of the three physical education classes that are conducted in a week of government schools.

National Level Yoga Competition:

According to the source said, “A national-level competition on yoga will be organised in New Delhi next year where the best performing student will be given a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh”, HRD Minister Smriti Irani today said after release the syllabus and course of Yoga introduced subject.

A ‘Kala Utsav’ would also be organised in December at Connaught Place (Central Park) in New Delhi where ethnic culture, song and dance would be showcased by students from across the country.

But the Delhi state government, not wanting to be left behind, has also announced that it will be reducing the main syllabus in schools of the state:

More emphasis on ‘subjects of living life’ in Delhi schools.

“The Delhi state Government is currently working on a project in which it will reduce main syllabus by 25 percent and replace it with “most essential subjects of living life” like yoga, music, sports, theatre, etc”, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said

Minister Manish Sisodia said that, “There is “confusion” amongst all as far education is concerned. Most essential subjects relating to living life are put in extra-curriculum/optional category, while those which one could do without, are part of main syllabus”.

After that he urged HRD minister Irani to see marks are allotted for such course to ensure students find the subjects important.

“So, it is my request to the Centre, HRD Ministers, we will need your guidance. Let there be marks for the same. Let students see it as this too can be a career opportunity. Let them find it equally important to learning mathematics, physics and other core subjects”.

“As far as Centre’s yoga syllabus is concerned, we will implement it completely or partially in Delhi schools from this session itself,” Deputy CM Sisodia said.

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that, “There should be no politics involved when it comes to Yoga and assured Centre that the Delhi Government will extend support required in imbibing the art form in the lives of common people”.

“In a country like India, all of us from different segments need to understand yoga. We will have to wipe out these fractions of creeds, politics, and governments. When these will be wiped out only then yoga is possible. This is the first condition of yoga,” he said.

The Deputy CM further said that images/postures of Gods revered by followers of different religions are forms of asanas in yoga.

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