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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Yoga pilot program in 100 schools from July

PANJIM: State Education Department is set to introduce a ‘yoga pilot program’ across 100 selected government-run primary schools from July. The introduction of yoga in schools, being one of the four components implemented by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), will be taught once a week.
“We have selected 100 government primary schools (10-15 in each taluka) where yoga classes will be held once a week from July. Various basic yogic exercises will be separately imparted to students of Class I-II and Class III-IV,” Goa Education Development Corporation (GEDC) chairman Kanta Patnekar told Herald.
In a bid to make yoga a more integral part of physical education, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) recently released course material and a syllabus designed by NCERT. Patnekar confirmed that the course will not carry any marks, however, he stated that physical education and yoga will contribute to the physical, social, emotional and mental development of a child.
With preparations on to commence the program, GEDC has also chalked out training sessions for teachers of the schools in the next month.
“We intend to create a pool of trained teachers in yoga, through experts in this field. These trained teachers will then impart practical classes for students in the school campuses,” the chairman added.
The corporation is also contemplating roping in more primary schools in the future but is not certain whether to implement it at the high school level.

Herald Goa News

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