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December 15, 2015

Yoga takes prime slot in CBSE school courses

NEW DELHI: In accordance with the Centre's policy of promoting Yoga among the youth, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has included Yoga as one of the 24 disciplines for competitions at the national level. The outstanding students are felicitated with CBSE Chacha Nehru sports award annually. Yoga was made compulsory in these schools from the current academic session.

Yoga has been a part of CBSE’s Physical Education and Sports activities and is being taught in about 17,000 affiliated schools spread across India and in nearly 27 countries under Physical Education Curriculum at the Senior Secondary level. At least twice a week yoga classes are held in CBSE affiliated schools.

Yoga is becoming an integral part of physical and health education. Yoga education has been made a compulsory part of study and practice by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), a statutory body under Ministry of Human Resource Development. The NCTE has developed modules on yoga education for diploma in elementary education and master of education.

The United Nations General Assembly had unanimously adopted June 21 as the International Day of Yoga (IDY) last year following the consistent efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Millions of people participated in the events organised in 192 member-countries of the United Nations to celebrate the day last June.

Among other institutions, the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga & Naturopathy (MDNIY), New Delhi, an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of AYUSH conducts a number of Yoga education and training programmes to train the Yoga enthusiasts.

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