Maharashtra Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde, who has been mulling the idea of making yoga part of the school curriculum, Sunday openly asked students and teachers of a Vile Parle-based school if they would prefer to learn yoga in school, like physical education. And he got an answer in the affirmative. Following a yoga workshop organised to mark International Yoga Day, he was addressing a gathering of students and teachers on the benefits of yoga.
“Would you all like to have yoga as part of the school curriculum?” Tawde asked, as he explained that learning Yoga from an early age was very beneficial as it would not only help students maintain their health, but also help them concentrate on studies.
“Yoga should be taught from an early age and hence it should be introduced in the school curriculum,” Tawde said at the event organised by Dixit Road Municipal School at Vile Parle. Tawde also performed yoga along with students and teachers of the school for over half an hour.
He informed the gathering that the state government was seriously thinking about introducing yoga in the school curriculum. “We are currently discussing the idea with yoga experts, academicians, school managements and officials of the school education department on how we can go about it. A few non-state boards already have yoga in their curriculum as an elective subject. We can also plan something on those lines in state board schools. And we will work it out at the earliest,” said Tawde, adding, “We are even considering incorporating yoga classes during the physical education period.”
S Patil, a teacher present at the workshop, said, “Currently, there are many schools who conduct yoga classes for students. But if the state government includes yoga in the curriculum, there will be a proper syllabus designed by experts for the same.”