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
    ITS GOOD FOR ALL YOUNG STUDENTS FUTURE
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      Kiran
      Jun 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm
      Good step Smritiji..... Keep it up..... Let the new generation understand the goodness of yoga.
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        Prapur
        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.
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          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
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            akash
            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.
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              akash
              Jun 23, 2015 at 9:14 am
              People like Smiti Irani who are clearly against minority never leaves a chance impose thier Brahmin practises on minority people. She is unethical and very illogical person. These RSS men are just to spread hatred amongst common people and put their ideology of hindutva in India and upon minority. Why doesnt RSS understands that when Obama was returning he gave a tight slap of words on Modi (He asked to maintain the communal harmony in India). The RSS think they can make India a hindu state however they should also understand that India is a land of people with various beliefs and culture. If they try to make india a Hindu rashtra then all the allies which India depends on would go against them since these allies are Christian countries, Muslim countries and capitalistic countries. Bringing yoga in government school will not help students.
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                Educated Desi
                Jun 22, 2015 at 8:54 pm
                Yoga is for the body and mind - it transcends all religions, castes and colors. I hope people don't make this well meaning idea a political football.
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                  Dalit Muslim
                  Jun 23, 2015 at 9:32 am
                  She should teach KAMA SUTRA and explain how MODI's Linga must enter smriti's yoni. TRULY a YOGI bear will get FULL marks for an AGHORI sutra eating dead bodies.
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                    ashwani kumar
                    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:08 pm
                    Namaste, g Thanks for it. It's good for Indian value. & Good for yoga teacher.
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                      Sreenivasan
                      Jun 23, 2015 at 12:42 pm
                      First one must say that Yoga is good for health. Instead of constructing more hospitals, we should promote yoga among all which will definitely reduce the rush at the shops of doctors and hospitals. In the school we have a physical instructor or Drill Master. This man can be trained to give yoga exercises in the school for all the students. As far as I know, no equipment or machinery is required to practice yoga. It only takes a mat (if you think you need one). There is no need for dreaming of a special recruitment drive for appointing Yoga Teachers ( a chance to make lot of money ). It was in the newspapers that the Govt. has set aside Rs. 300 crores for promoting yoga. We all know where this money will reach finally. Please do not waste public fund.
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                        Praveen
                        Jun 24, 2015 at 10:07 am
                        I must congratulate Smriti for initiating program for young generation to keep them physically fit. todays generation requires compulsion as they keep themselves occupied in extra curricular activities other than those required for physical fitment. It will be more appreciable if actions are initiated and implemented to provide hygienic and safe studying conditions to students in rural areas as well. poor conditions are on records, which require immediate redress.
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                          devesh mani
                          Jun 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm
                          ask your mother, she can explain you in better manner
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                            devesh mani
                            Jun 23, 2015 at 12:28 pm
                            i believe you dont know about India. read more and talk to some intellectual people. we have 5000 years old history.
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                              Indian
                              Jun 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm
                              good move
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                                Ravisinh Rathore
                                Jun 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm
                                if someone is a genius in the sciences , and fails in yoga, he will be failed by the g/ dutv/adi govt, i presume
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                                  rajat
                                  Jun 22, 2015 at 6:01 pm
                                  IE, You guys are real shameless . Despite minsiter personally clarifying that it is not compulsory yet the wrong headline continues. have some shame.
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                                    sky-high
                                    Jun 22, 2015 at 5:07 pm
                                    Even Einstein would never fail Yoga. It is as simple as that. Pl don't peddle nonsense
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                                      Sanjay Bhattacharya
                                      Jun 22, 2015 at 4:28 pm
                                      Good decision by Smriti irani. Good health means happiness.
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                                        Sanjeev Singal
                                        Jun 22, 2015 at 6:23 pm
                                        After India helping the w world getting cured of physical and mental ailments, in return, can we expect that rest of the world will help India getting cured of its own ailments?
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                                          Citizen
                                          Jun 22, 2015 at 4:32 pm
                                          Good it should be started at an early age. Please also think of starting a web site for free simple standardized yoga with Ayush ministry for the benefit of all . Jaihind
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                                            Citizen
                                            Jun 22, 2015 at 11:19 pm
                                            We had a great economist but where are the results???? What is the yard stick??? Results or paper/or otherwise degrees/certificates??? What were the qualifications of kAMARAJ?? So why these guys question about qualifications/certificate why can't they give some time and see the results? Are they so blinded by the Himalayan SCAMS and sycophancy of a particular family??? Jaihind
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