Dharmendra Pradhan suggests inclusion of Yoga in school curriculum

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As a Chief Guest, Education, Skill Development, and Entrepreneurship Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates the National Yoga Olympiad – 2022. Shri Subhas Sarkar, minister of state for education, was also present.

The National Yoga Olympiad is being organized by the Ministry of Education and the National Council of Educational Research and Training from 18-20th June 2022. This year, 600 students from 26 states and UTs and Demonstration Multipurpose Schools of Regional Institutions of Education will be taking part in the National Yoga Olympiad.

Shri Pradhan said yoga served humanity by alleviating sufferings and building resilience, especially in the post-Covid era. As part of his efforts to encourage healthier choices and bring people together, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chosen Yoga for Humanity as this year’s theme. In addition, he said that Yoga is India’s gift to the world, and that it has gained incredible popularity since the UN General Assembly adopted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal to celebrate 21st June as International Yoga Day. Yoga is uniting the world in the pursuit of good health, he said.

Minister said NEP 2020 emphasizes physical and emotional well-being for students and teachers. Sport-integrated learning instils sportsmanship and helps students adopt fitness as a lifelong habit, he said.

Yoga is part of health, wellness, and physical education, said Shri Pradhan.  The ancient wisdom of yoga should be added to NCERT’s curriculum. While we’re developing the NCF, we should prioritize yoga from ECCE to 12th grade. NCERT should also hold yoga Olympiads at the school, block, district, and state levels.  Involving school kids from every block will help spread yoga’s legacy and also make it a lifestyle.

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He congratulated all the selected students who will represent their states/UTs in the National Yoga Olympiad.  He appreciated their participation from the block level on.

Shri Sarkar told the participants yoga should be a part of the National Education Policy 2020. He says the goal is to promote an education that gives citizens a unified view of the country. In the Yoga Olympiad, asana, pranayama, kriya, meditation, and so on will be demonstrated by the students, so that they can understand the importance of yoga by doing it. Also, he re-emphasised the value of yoga, which is now widely accepted and how it would be able to accelerate sustainable lifestyles.

This year’s theme is “Yoga for Humanity“. There’s no question that yogic asanas are beneficial to all in maintaining quality health and a holistic attitude.

In 2016, the NCERT started the National Yoga Olympiad. Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, when the whole world came to a halt, the spirit of yoga was kept alive by a quiz contest. Students from KVs, NVs, and Demonstration Multipurpose Schools of Regional Institutions of Education participated.

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