Yoga to get boost in new education policy

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NEW DELHI: Yoga will be encouraged in schools under the new education policy being framed by the government.
This was stated by secretary of school education and literacy, HRD Ministry, Subhash Chandra Khuntia, who inaugurated the first Yoga Olympiad in which 350 students from 22 states participated.
The three-day event at NCERT campus here is aimed at popularising the ancient practice among school children across the country.
Yoga will have a “significant” place in the new education policy being framed by the government, Khuntia said.
Terming yoga as an art of “maintaining balance” and ensuring “well being” of mind and body, he said that the Olympiad will be held every year to ensure that every school-going child learns it for holistic development.
“Yoga Olympiad will be held every year to enable participation of all states with an aim that school children learn yoga. NCERT has published books on yoga for upper primary and secondary students. It is part and parcel of National Curriculum Framework and compulsory for classes VI to X,” he said.
He said that there were certified yoga teachers in major schools but where they are not available, physical education teachers are being trained with the help of yoga institutes.
The director of National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), Hrushikesh Senapaty, said that yoga can help in preparing good human beings and citizens.

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