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Compulsory yoga session to start the day at govt schools

September 15, 2019 05:34 AM

COURTEY HT SEPT 15Compulsory yoga session to start the day at govt schools
Srishti Jaswal

Chandigarh : The UT education department has made it compulsory for all government schools in Chandigarh to practise yoga in the morning assembly for 20 minutes. The schools have also been told to introduce one day of the week as no-vehicle day to promote cycling and walking among students and teachers.

In a letter written to the 114 government schools, eight government-aided schools and 77 private recognised schools on September 11, the department said the decision to introduce such activities has been taken in pursuance of the Fit India Movement launched by the Prime Minister.

The circular observes that for smooth conduct of yoga sessions, the classes can be divided into two groups. It also mandates one period of physical activities for all students from Classes 1 to 12 in which activities like rope skipping, Lazium dumbles, stapoo, dodge ball, free hand physical training exercises and other minor games will be introduced by the school.

It also lays emphasis on the promotion of the cycling and walking among teachers as well as students. Besides declaring a no vehicle day, the circular also says that students should walk at least 10,000 steps a day.

The circular also says that students should be motivated to join the sports complexes run by the UT sports department.

Nodal officers for smooth conduct

The circular also directs each school to appoint a nodal officer for smooth conduct of thephysical training and sports activities

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