Yoga has been made compulsory in the CBSE curricula for Classes XI and XII “at least” twice a week while for students of other classes, compulsory physical activity programmes should last 40-45 minutes every day, reports IBNLive.
AYUSH Minister Shripad Yasso Naik said that yoga education has also been made a compulsory part of study and practice by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). Naik said:
“According to the HRD Ministry, the CBSE advised schools to provide compulsory 40-45 minutes of physical activities or games to the students of classes I to X every day and students of classes XI and XII should participate in physical activity/games/mass physical training/yoga for at least two periods per week.”
“NCTE has already developed modules on yoga education for diploma in elementary education and master of education. These will be used by more than 18,000 teacher education institutions and also 14 lakh student-teachers and teacher educators who are studying or teaching in these institutions.”
The Minister added that the HRD Ministry has informed the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005, which is a policy document for the country, to recommended Yoga as an integral part of health and physical education.
He also said that the government has laid down the national policy on Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy-2002 which envisages overall growth and development of Yoga.
Naik further said that a task force has been constituted by the Ministry to deliberate and make recommendations on various important issues concerning the AYUSH Ministry, including the preferred option for promotion, development and regulation of Yoga and Naturopathy for education and practice.