International Yoga Day 2017: In WB, state-run schools won’t observe Yoga Day today

Schools affiliated with Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will observe celebrations but state-run schools will give it a miss.

Written by SANTANU CHOWDHURY | Kolkata | Published:June 21, 2017 5:03 am
International Yoga Day 2017, West Bengal schools yoga day, There are similar reports from Odisha, where state-run schools may skip the third International Yoga Day celebrations. (Representational Image)

State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday said state-run schools across West Bengal will not observe International Yoga Day on Wednesday. “We will hold a separate yoga competition among state schools at a later date. Tomorrow, there will be no celebration of International Yoga Day in state-run schools,” Chatterjee told The Indian Express.

However, schools affiliated with Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) — which conducts ICSE and ISC examinations — and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will observe celebrations. Started in 2015, International Yoga Day is a flagship annual event by the Modi government to promote yoga. “Our school education department will organise this yoga competition in a centralised manner. But tomorrow, there will be no such programmes in government schools,” said the education minister. There are similar reports from Odisha, where state-run schools may skip the third International Yoga Day celebrations.

On the other hand, Secretary of Association of ICSE schools in Bengal and Northeast Nabarun De said it was “routine affair” for all schools in the state under CISCE to celebrate International Yoga Day. “We have been doing this for the last three years, and our schools are also doing this. It is a routine affair for us. This will begin in the morning assembly, and will continue all day. This is mainly to create awareness on the usefulness of doing yoga,” De told The Indian Express. Bratati Bhattacharyya, Secretary General of Shikshayatan Foundation, said students at the Shri Shikshayatan School — which is affiliated with CBSE — perform yoga on a daily basis.

“Our students do yoga on a regular basis, as it is part of our curriculum.Tomorrow also they will be doing as it is International Yoga Day. The junior section and as well as the senior section will do yoga separately,” Bhattacharyya told The Indian Express. Authorities from the same school had earlier faced flak from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for allegedly playing speeches of a political leader to its students in classrooms. Meanwhile, state universities will follow the circular issued by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and University Grants Commission (UGC), asking them to celebrate International Yoga Day.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Calcutta University Registrar Rajagopal Dhar Chakraborti said: “Our National Service Scheme (NSS) unit will conduct a day-long programme on International Yoga Day tomorrow. It will be held at Calcutta Rowing Club near Rabindra Sarovar Lake. This is the first time we are doing this in this manner. We will try to organise it in a bigger way in coming years.” Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das said the varsity organises such a programme every year. “Every year, our physical education department and NSS unit conduct such programmes,” he said.

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    Jun 21, 2017 at 10:46 am
    "State-run schools won't observe Yoga Day today' - - thus goes the headline at Page 3 of Today's (21 June 2017) IE Kolkata edition. as a self-styled editor of a self-styled journal MOVEMENTS OF MANKIND - I can only say - - this is an all-time LOW statement - I have come across in recent times. These days, very sorry to say - we come across LOW utterances, quite frequently. surely due to lack (pl read : absence of proper grooming) of maturity and also due to lack of qualities to stand among gentlemen. BUT THE ABOVE LINE SURPASSETH ALL. It strongly marks the FALL OF BENGAL. Sirs, let me not mingle things. In 2015, at the behest of our PM - Modi Ji - whole world accepted - all gleeful and whole-hearted - Observance of WORLD YOGA DAY - on 21 JUNE. I must say, as s-s editor of s-s MOVEMENTS OF MANKIND - it was / is a 'singular achievement' laced with all the glory and grace. surely - all will join me to say this. And those MURKY lines emanate from an Edu Minister (WB). LET US RISE. tkm
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      Kamal Pasha
      Jun 21, 2017 at 11:54 am
      Tapan : If you want people to read your comment, make you name and the comments very short as there are many comments people have to read.
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      Niladrinath Mohanty
      Jun 21, 2017 at 7:36 am
      Politics here too.
      1. T
        Jun 21, 2017 at 11:13 am
        Yes Sir you are right ! Things have come to such a (low) pass - - few days ago - a young man from a PMKVY Training Agency in Kolkata, told me - - young boys and girls also their guardians - under some EVIL influence and pressure also coupled with IGNORANCE and lack of awareness - are NOT Accepting Free PMKVY Skill Training with 100 Placement benefit !!! The Reason is : the term PMKVY - contains PM - which means our PM - MODI JI. and the thread of Political Structure comes in this equation - political parties are at loggerheads... LET US RISE. CITIZENS MUST RISE. TO RESIST. tkm regards
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        Anand Ch
        Jun 21, 2017 at 6:03 am
        It depends as to what glasses you are wearing to see the world. Insecure individuals find problem with every thing.