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Yoga to be a Compulsory Subject in Government Run Schools

Aug 2015 Source: MOTACHASHMA

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Yoga from now onwards will be taught as a compulsory subject not only from class 6 to 10 in central government run schools but also as a training module in teacher education  programmes.

On Monday Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani released the syllabus and course material for students. 500 yoga teachers from across the country, including 200 from Delhi government schools, are participating in the conference which started on Monday.

While talking to the reporters she said the states are free to decide on adopting it in their syllabus and to link with their course curriculum.

CBSE is yet to “devise” a strategy with regards to its implementation in the affiliated schools.The programme would is made mandatory in Kendriya Vidyalayas and the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.

National Yoga Competition

HRD Minister Smriti Irani said, “A national-level competition on yoga would be organised yearly from next year onwards where the best performing student will be given a cash prize of Rs five lakh.

80 marks reserved for practicals

The subject would not put any additional burden on students as 80 marks would be reserved for practicals.

She also asked assurance from students that they will perform the practicals with full dedication and devotion.

Yoga syllabus for teachers too

A syllabus for teachers has also been prepared. One is diploma in yoga education, bachelors in yoga education and masters in yoga education.

National Council of Teacher Education, has made yoga a compulsory training module along with ICT, gender studies and inclusive education.

More emphasis on 'subjects of living life' in Delhi schools

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


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