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Smriti Irani releases ‘syllabus for yoga’ in govt schools

Releasing the syllabus and course material for the students, the Minister said the subject would not put any additional burden on students as 80 marks would be reserved for practicals.

Written by Ruhi Tewari | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2015 7:39 pm
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. Talking about the training module on yoga for teacher education programme, Irani said, the aim is to produce a pool of trained teachers in yoga who meet the upcoming demands.

In a bid to make yoga a more integral part of the physical education programme in central government run schools, the Human Resource Development Ministry on Monday released course material and syllabus for yoga designed by NCERT for classes VI-X, while also introducing yoga as a training module in teacher education programmes.

Yoga is already taught as an optional subject in government-run schools like the Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas under the co-scholastic activity of Physical Education. Sources say 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 every week in these schools.

Releasing the syllabus and course material for students of central government run schools at a two-day conference of yoga teachers, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said the subject 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 to 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,” Irani said. She later said the states are free to decide on adopting it in their syllabus and linking it with their the course curriculum.

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Officials said CBSE is yet to “devise” a strategy regarding the implementation of the yoga curriculum in the affiliated private schools.

Meanwhile, the National Council of Teacher Education, in its revised notification, has made yoga a compulsory training module along with ICT, gender studies and inclusive education.

“We have prepared syllabus for teachers as well. One is diploma in yoga education, bachelors in yoga education and masters in yoga education,” Irani said, adding the aim was to produce a pool of trained teachers in yoga.

Irani said a national-level competition on yoga would be organised here next year where the best performing student will be given a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. “Our objective is that our children go to school happily. Therefore, our aim is to give a push to physical and cultural activities in schools,” she said.

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

“As far as the Centre’s yoga syllabus is concerned, we will implement it completely or partially in Delhi schools from this session itself,” he said, adding there should be no politics involved when it comes to yoga and assuring the centre that the Delhi government will extend its cooperation in the matter. “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.

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    DR SK
    Jan 6, 2017 at 8:55 am
    1. K
      Jun 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm
      Good step Smritiji..... Keep it up..... Let the new generation understand the goodness of yoga.
      1. P
        Jun 22, 2015 at 11:04 pm
        Mr. Krishna Ydav and others who are against Ms. IRANI, She is far better than pappu who won election with corruption money and congress corrupt party. If college degree is the real measure of persons capabilities than How come Dave Govada became PM of such a great country who didn't know a word to speak in English? RG-Pappu doesn't have any recognized college degree and her mother wants her to be PM. Just go on Youtube and listen to her speech in Parliament how she presents her case for education grant and replies all opposition critiques alike. Ms. Indira hi was unseated even after winning election from UP by High Court and know what she did, imposed emergency, changed consution, so those who are congress chamcha should shut up and wait for five years to evaluate any minister's work.
        1. Aditya Choudhary
          Jun 23, 2015 at 2:59 pm
          Compulsory may not be a good idea ! or if at all, at least people can be allowed to choose what kind of yoga they wish to do
          1. A
            Jun 23, 2015 at 9:16 am
            A good education minister would have pushed for up bringing of national sport i.e Hockey. Also would have pushed for sports to compete on national level. Now i dont understand after learning yoga where would our students compete on International level. Will they compete in twisting their leg or waiting upside down.
            1. Chetan
              Jun 2, 2017 at 6:10 pm
              you have not understood the importance of yoga and why it was developed by ancient indians. you compare hockey to yoga? in's not for compe ion purpose but for keeping our culture and heritage strong along with the health benefits that yoga offers. today foreigners learn yoga in their countries paying high fees for it while indians complain when it is brought into the school curriculum. s: www. /watch?v 1KBof8Gm2TI
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