AYUSH Minister Shripad Yesso Naik informed the Lok Sabha today that Yoga has now become an integral part of Health and Physical Education in schools. He said that the recommendation for the same was provided by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), as per the National Curriculum Framework (NCF). The minister also informed that funds worth Rs 1.6 crore have been spend during 2016-2017 for Yoga training of 11428 Physical Education Teachers of Government Secondary Schools, under the Rashriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). These funds were provided by the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development.
The minister highlighted the fact that Health and Physical Education is a compulsory subject for Class I to Class X students and optional for Class XI to Class XII students. Referring to the National Curriculum Framework 2005, the minister said, “The entire group Health and Physical Education and Yoga must be taken together as a comprehensive Health and Physical Education Curriculum, replacing the fragmentary approach current in schools today. As a core part of the curriculum, time allocated for games and for yoga must not be reduced or taken away under any circumstances.”