As part of their physical activity programme, the Union government, on 22 July, said, yoga should be a compulsory subject for students of Classes 11 and 12, while for other classes it should be held twice a week.
Minister for AYUSH, Shripad Yasso Naik, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, said yoga education has been made a compulsory subject by National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).
“The HRD Ministry said there are 15,962 schools affiliated to CBSE and they have been advised to provide compulsory 40 to 45 minutes of physical activity to students of Classes 1 to 10 daily. Also students of Classes 11 and 12 should get trained in yoga for two periods every week,” said Naik
The Minister said HRD Ministry has informed the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005, and has recommended Yoga as an integral part of health and physical education.
The NCTE has developed modules on yoga education for diploma in elementary education and master of education. “These will be used by 18,000 teacher education institutions and 14 lakh student-teachers and teacher educators who are studying or teaching in these institutions,” said Naik.
“A task force has been formed to deliberate and recommend various important issues concerning the AYUSH Ministry, including the preferred option for promotion, development and regulation of Yoga and Naturopathy for education and practice,” Naik said.