Yoga to be a compulsory subject in central govt schools: Here’s what the plan is


June 22, 2015

New Delhi: Yoga is now to be taught as a compulsory subject not only from class VI to X in central government run schools but also as a training module in teacher education programmes.

June 22, 2015

New Delhi: Yoga is now to be taught as a compulsory subject not only from class VI to X in central government run schools but also as a training module in teacher education programmes.

Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani released the syllabus and course material for the students on Monday. The minister was in New Delhi to attend the two-day National Yoga teacher conference. 500 yoga teachers from across the country, including 200 from Delhi government schools, are participating in the event which started on Monday.

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

Officials said CBSE is yet to "devise" a strategy with regards to its implementation in the affiliated schools. The programme would, however, be made mandatory in Kendriya Vidyalayas and the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.

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.

Here is what the Centre plans to include as part of the yoga curriculum:

80 marks reserved for practicals

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

"However, I want an assurance from students that they will perform the practicals with full devotion," Irani said at a function in New Delhi on Monday, a day after the International Yoga Day celebration which saw participation of hundreds of school students and teachers.

Yoga syllabus for teachers too

"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.

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

National Yoga Competition

A national-level competition on yoga will be organized in New Delhi next year where the best performing student will be given a cash prize of Rs five lakh, HRD Minister Smriti Irani today said.

A 'Kala Utsav' would also be organized in December at Connaught Place (Central Park) in New Delhi where ethnic culture, song and dance would be showcased by students from across the country.

But the Delhi state government, not wanting to be left behind, has also announced that it will be reducing the main syllabus in schools of the state:

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.

He said that there is "confusion" amongst all as far education is concerned. Most essential subjects relating to living life are put in extra-curriculum/optional category, while those which one could do without, are part of main syllabus, he stressed.

"If you give me liberty, I will reduce main curriculum by 50 percent. But to begin with, we have set up a team to work on this to reduce main curriculum by 25 percent. If not all schools, we will do it in some schools as a pilot project.

"You reduce 25 percent main curriculum and replace the portion with course of living life…replace it with yoga, sports, music," Sisodia, who is also the state's Education Minister, said.

He urged Irani to see marks are allotted for such course to ensure students find the subjects important.

"So, it is my request to the Centre, HRD Ministers, we will need your guidance. Let there be marks for the same. Let students see it as this too can be a career opportunity. Let them find it equally important to learning physics, mathematics.

"As far as Centre's yoga syllabus is concerned, we will implement it completely or partially in Delhi schools from this session itself," he said.

Sisodia said that there should be no politics involved when it comes to Yoga and assured Centre that the Delhi Government will extend support required in imbibing the art form in the lives of common people.

"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.

The Deputy CM further said that images/postures of Gods revered by followers of different religions are forms of asanas in yoga.

Courtesy: PTI