After sending its teachers on a value-based education workshop in Chhattisgarh, Education Minister Manish Sisodia has now told government teachers that they could opt a course in vipassana, a meditation programme.
Sisodia on Monday tweeted that an order has been issued whereby teachers can opt for a vipassana course if they so wished. The expenses will be borne by the Delhi government.
“It is voluntary and and Delhi government will bear the expenditure incurred,” the deputy CM said. The students will be taught vipassana in school to strengthen their personality and manage stress, Sisodia said.
Education Director Padmini Singla said the programme will be on a voluntary basis and information about teachers who wish to attend it will first be collected.
“We will first figure out how many teachers want to go. Depending on the response, we will plan things. In all probability, there is a centre in Pune where we will make arrangements for the teachers,” Singla said.
“The Pune centre has agreed to sponsor the sessions free of cost and any other expense for the 10-day trip will be borne by us. The teachers who decide to attend will be considered on duty,” she said.
Incidentally, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is an ardent practitioner of vipassana and had once expressed his desire to devote himself to it after retiring from politics. A basic course in vipassana can extend to 10 days with emphasis on various aspects of meditation.
Earlier this month, the government had issued an order asking education department officials to attend a workshop organised by the Manviya Shiksha Shodh Sansthan from April 2 to April 8.
Sisodia has been associated with the Sansthan “since his days of social activism”.
Singla also emphasised that both vipassana and value education workshops were aimed at instilling strong values in children and improving their emotional development.