Left-ruled Tripura makes yoga must for students

All the other Indian states should take the ideal of Tripura and make Yoga compulsary in schools. – Editor HJS, website

Om_YogaAGARTALA : Tripura will become the second state after Gujarat to make yoga compulsory in schools. The state on Wednesday announced that yoga would be mandatory for students for students studying in Classes I to VIII from the new academic session beginning on January 1.

“We will introduce yoga in phases. In the first phase, 100 schools from across the state will be chosen,” state education minister Tapan Chakraborty said.

These schools will be selected from urban, rural and Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) areas. The decision was taken in a meeting of the council of ministers chaired by chief minister Manik Sarkar.

Some time ago, the state government had split the school education department into two: the directorate of elementary education (Classes 1 to VIII) and the directorate of education (to deal with Classes IX to XII).

“We have decided to introduce yoga to improve the mental and physical health of the students,” Chakraborty said. “Yoga at the elementary level will make our future generation disciplined,” he added.

The minister said the government would make arrangements for training teachers in yoga. “The departments of education, sports and youth affairs, health and TTAADC will help teachers learn yoga. Besides, we will also rope in professional organisations for proper implementation of the project,” he added.

Reaction among teachers and students was mixed. “It is a welcome move by the government and long overdue. We have often seen that yoga helps youngsters, especially teenagers, cope with challenges like mood swings,” said schoolteacher Kishor Datta.

Source : Times Of India

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