In a bid to spread awareness regarding maintaining a healthy mind and body, the centre has asked the state governments to include yoga in their school syllabus, so that interested students can take it as a subject.
According to PTI, Minister of State for AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy), Shripad Yesso Naik said in Lok Sabha, that the HRD ministry has sent a letter to the states favouring adoption of yoga as part of the school syllabus so that those students, who wished to enroll themselves could take it. However, it will not be a compulsory subject.
During the question hour, Naik said “We hope that Yoga will be a part of the school curriculum from the next academic session”. He added that Yoga has been made compulsory for police personnel and plans are afoot to make it compulsory also for defence personnel. “A scheme titled ‘Yoga Training for Police Personnel’ has been initiated by the ministry,” he said.
He also said that the government has succeeded in adoption of June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. The first International Day of Yoga was celebrated in the country in a grand manner on June 21, 2015, which was celebrated across the globe involving 192 countries. “Arrangements for celebrating second International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2016 has also been started,” Naik informed.