As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to announce the Fit India Movement on August 29, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked higher educational institutions (HEIs) to motivate staff and students to attempt walking 10,000 steps each on the day and “and follow it up in daily routine”. The commission has also directed institutions to screen the launch event live for faculty and students, while ensuring their attendance.
Short video clips of activities held on campus are to be sent to the UGC. The institutes have also been directed to prepare and implement a fitness plan, incorporate sports, exercise, physical activities into the daily routine on campus, as per the latest circular released by the UGC.
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The Vice-Chancellors and principals have been directed to upload their respective fitness action plan on the official website and campus notice board within a month. The same has to be uploaded on the UGC’s fitness movement portal. The portal (ugc.ac.in/uamp/), however, is yet to go live.
The commission, in an official notice, said, “Universities and affiliated colleges can make well-meaning efforts for the health and well-being of their students, teachers, staff and officials to achieve physical fitness, mental strength and emotional equanimity.”
During his latest Mann Ki Baat — a radio address by the PM — Modi asked people to take part in ‘Fit India Movement’ which is being organised to celebrate the upcoming ‘National Sports Day’ on August 29.