Soon, all schools across the country will offer yoga as an optional subject, as informed by Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik. He informed the Lok Sabha that a letter was sent by the HRD Ministry to all states seeking their view on including yoga as a compulsory part of school syllabus. The course, proposed by HRD Ministry, will be elective and willing students can take it as a subject.
Naik said, “We hope that yoga will be a part of the school curriculum from next academic session. We have told them that whoever wants to do Yoga, they should be allowed to do Yoga. Otherwise physical training is adjusted in the same period.” He also informed that currently 25 universities and 18 colleges across the country are offering Master’s degree in yoga.
He added that yoga has already been made compulsory for police personnel and a scheme named ‘Yoga Training for Police Personnel’ has been initiated. Now, the government is planning to make it compulsory for defense personnel also.
The International Yoga Day was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first speech at United Nations General Assembly, which all nations accepted generously and June 21 was selected as the day to celebrate Yoga. First International Yoga Day was celebrated world wide on June 21, 2015. Naik further informed that the government has started making arrangements for grand celebrations of second International Yoga Day.
Last year, HRD Minister Smriti Irani had asked states to adopt yoga as a compulsory subject in school curriculum as per their will. Yoga is already a compulsory subject in Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidhyalayas. CBSE has also worked over the strategy for the implementation of subject in is curriculum. Similar attempts were also made to train yoga instructors. National Council of Teacher Education has made yoga a compulsory training module for teachers.
Recently, University Grants Commission (UGC) also sent a letter to all universities regarding preparations for next International Yoga Day on June 21, 2016. Universities were asked through the letter to organize yoga fest for two to three days.
AYUSH ministry has also published common yoga protocol (CYP) in its official website which could be taken as a basic training module for preparations of International Yoga Day.