MP Govt. to teach Yoga in schools

via HK published on January 26, 2007

BHOPAL : Declaring its yoga policy at a mass Suryanamaskar programme, made voluntary by a High Court order amid protests from different quarters, the BJP Government in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday decided to teach the ancient form of exercise in schools and constitute a council to promote it.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also announced Rs one lakh award for excellence in promoting yoga, at the main function at T T Nagar stadium here, telecast and aired across the State.

The Government will support dedicated organisations to set up yoga centres, he said adding these centres, jointly with the proposed yoga council, will help in creating awareness about yoga.

“Yoga will be made a part of the physical education course in school curriculum,” Chouhan announced, asking students to perform the exercise for a “healthy body and mind”.

Made voluntary by a High Court order restraining the Government from compelling students to attend it, the mass Surya Namaskar and Pranayam programme began with recitation of ‘Vande Mataram’, official sources said.

Around three lakh school children attended the programme at school, District and State levels, they said adding Ministers attended it in different districts, where citizens, private organisations and educational institutions, were also invited.

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