There are no instructions from the state to schools in Bihar, where CM Nitish Kumar has criticised the Centre for leaving out Bihar School of Yoga at Munger and mocked BJP president Amit Shah, advising him to practise yoga at home to regain his health. HRD Minister PK Shahi said the state government had not received any communication from the Centre but BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said a communication from the Union home secretary has reached the state government.
Several voluntary organisations, however, will hold camps at state and district headquarters, as will CBSE schools. Most private schools are shut while some universities will hold yoga sessions and lectures. The Munger school, which is of international repute, will organise special events.
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The biggest yoga camp for the state will be organised at Patna’s Moinul Haq Stadium by Patanjali Yogpeeth with Nehru Yuva Kendra. Amit Shah will attend, said Bihar Jharkhand Patanjali Yogpeeth incharge Ajit Kumar, who added that over 3,000 army personnel will be given yoga training at Bihar Regimental Centre at Danapur. The camp at Moinul Haq Stadium is expected to draw over 20,000 participants.
Art of Living, RSS and other private groups are holding camps across the state, while Brahma Kumaris’ World Spiritual University will hold a special camp at Ravindra Bhavan in Patna.
Kerala & Odisha
Kerala Education Minister P K Abdu Rubb said, “The government is yet to look into the issue (Yoga Day plans). We have not got any directive from the Centre.” Rubb is a leader of the Muslim League, which had expressed reservations about Yoga Day.
Odisha has given no instructions to any school. The state’s additional secretary for school and mass education, Biswanath Pradhan, said no instructions have come from the Centre either.
Jammu & Kashmir
In this NDA-ruled state, state government schools are waiting for instructions and haven’t worked out how to go about Yoga Day. Chief education officer (Kulgam) Mohammad Aslam Rather said there have been no instructions. His Jammu counterpart J K Sudan said verbal instructions have been issued to schools in Jammu but “formal instructions from higher-ups are yet to come.” A half-hour yoga camp for students will be held in the morning, he said. But there are no plans yet how to gather students. The chief education officer, Jammu, said the venue, originally planned at Ranbir High Seconday School, will now be the larger Government College for Women at Parade.