Smriti Irani asks states to make yoga compulsory in school curriculum

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Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said on Friday that the HRD Ministry had asked all states to make yoga compulsory in school curriculum with the course expected to started from the coming academic session.

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Speaking during the Question Hour in Lok Sabha, Naik said, “Recently, our HRD Minister has sent a notice to all states asking them to make yoga compulsory (in schools). I think it will be started in all schools from the coming academic session.”

Naik, according to PTI, added that yoga had not been made compulsory in all schools so far and they were told that those students who wished to enroll themselves in it should be allowed to do so.

“We have told them that whoever wants to do Yoga, they should be allowed to do Yoga. Otherwise physical training is adjusted in the same period,” he said.

Naik informed that Yoga had been made compulsory for police personnel and plans were in full swing to make it compulsory also for armed forces.

“A scheme titled ‘Yoga Training for Police Personnel’ has been initiated by the Ministry,” he said.

His statement comes barely few days after HRD Minister Smriti Irani told parliament in a written reply that a Yoga Olympiad would be held on 21 June- on Yoga Day. The 1st International Day of Yoga was celebrated in the country in a grand manner on 21 June 2015, which was celebrated across the globe involving 192 countries.

“Arrangements for celebrating 2nd International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2016 has also started,” he said

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