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Teachers can opt for vipassana course at govt expense: Manish Sisodia

Education Director Padmini Singla said the programme is aimed at instilling strong values in children.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 14, 2015 3:15 am
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After sending its teachers on a value-based education workshop in Chhattisgarh, Education Minister Manish Sisodia has now told government teachers that they could opt a course in vipassana, a meditation programme.

Sisodia on Monday tweeted that an order has been issued whereby teachers can opt for a vipassana course if they so wished. The expenses will be borne by the Delhi government.

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“It is voluntary and and Delhi government will bear the expenditure incurred,” the deputy CM said. The students will be taught vipassana in school to strengthen their personality and manage stress, Sisodia said.

Education Director Padmini Singla said the programme will be on a voluntary basis and information about teachers who wish to attend it will first be collected.

“We will first figure out how many teachers want to go. Depending on the response, we will plan things. In all probability, there is a centre in Pune where we will make arrangements for the teachers,” Singla said.

“The Pune centre has agreed to sponsor the sessions free of cost and any other expense for the 10-day trip will be borne by us. The teachers who decide to attend will be considered on duty,” she  said.

Incidentally, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is an ardent practitioner of vipassana and had once expressed his desire to devote himself to it after retiring from politics. A basic course in vipassana can extend to 10 days with emphasis on various aspects of meditation.

Earlier this month, the government had issued an order asking education department officials to attend a workshop organised by the Manviya Shiksha Shodh Sansthan from April 2 to April 8.

Sisodia has been associated with the Sansthan “since his days of social activism”.

Singla also emphasised that both vipassana and value education workshops  were aimed at instilling strong values in children and improving their emotional development.

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    Damaru Prasad
    Apr 14, 2015 at 5:01 pm
    Please whoever train teachers in yoga or vipasana send the bill for payment to Kejriwal's home address in his village. Let him pay for all freebies.
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      mohit arora
      Apr 14, 2015 at 12:13 pm
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        Apr 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm
        AAP is no longer Secular ! :)
        1. tara sharan
          Apr 15, 2015 at 1:47 am
          Vipana, specifically that derived from the Goenka school, is expressly oriented to a Theravada school of Buddhism originating in Brahmadesha, Myanmar. A secular government is consutionally bound to not promote any particular religion, to neither suppress such, nor to spend government finds, which are owned by the taxpayer and not the elected officials. This is forgotten by our officers who treat the toshakhana as their own. Democracy will begin when the public, the aam admi, begins to truly SAY NO. ALL MONEY IS OURS, WE SHALL SAY WHAT HAPPENS TO IT, WE ARE NOT BEGGARS SEEKIN ALMS AT YOUR DOOR. WE ARE THE RULERS, NOT THE RULED. That is called democracy. What we have in India is called oligarchy, zamindari, slavery, whatever the name we hide under. The very worst offenders are the communists and maoists, including the Naxalites, who are bent on pure power, on empire building, in the areas they control at present. The same mad lust for power informs AAP, and the people are mesmerized by empty words, being too blind to realize the truth. Populism and wickedness go hand in hand.
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            Anil Shyam
            Apr 15, 2015 at 8:14 am
            Pliz remove the spectacles of ill will and hatred yours hearts will rest in peace . Vipana in nothing evil . It is just purity and peace no religiuos dirty ness .
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