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New Delhi: Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani announced on Monday that yoga will be made compulsory in all central schools from Class 6 to 10.

The launch of the syllabus and course material for these classes by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the training module for teacher education programme prepared by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) comes a day after the world celebrated the International Day of Yoga.

“In all central government sponsored schools where the new yoga syllabus will be taught at the upper primary and secondary level, 80 percent marks will be for practicals and only 20 percent for theory,” she said, adding this won’t be an additional burden on the students.

Irani urged students to learn the ancient practice diligently.

“Through this, we intend to ensure that there is an increase in the physical and cultural activity in schools and our children willingly and happily go to school,” she said.

The minister said: “There will be diploma in yoga education along with masters and bachelors in yoga education. It is not enough to only ask students to learn yoga.”

She was speaking at the inauguration of the Rashtriya Yoga Shikshak Sammelan at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium here.

The two-day conference will discuss topics like yoga for holistic development, yoga for needs of special children, yoga and stress management, yoga in curriculum and best practices in yoga teaching.

Irani also announced the launch of a mobile application on July 17 which would enable students to download all NCERT books from Class 1 to 12 for free.

She said that in December, a national competition called “Kala Utsav” would be held to promote regional arts, crafts, music and dance.

Irani also announced a national-level competition on yoga for school children next year, adding students and teachers who perform well would be awarded an incremental prize of Rs.5 lakh. (IANS)

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Avoid Diabetes With Yoga, Weight Lifting

They studied the effects of weekly time spent on resistance exercise, lower intensity muscular conditioning exercises and aerobic moderate and vigorous physical activity

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If you wish to avoid diabetes, better start exercising for just half-an-hour a day, a Harvard University research has found while advising yoga and weight lifting.

According to the research, the chance of developing Type 2 diabetes was cut by between 30 and 40 per cent with just three-and-a-half hours of exercise a week, Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

It was also found that just an hour’s workout every week could cut the risk by 13 percent.

The study, which followed 100,000 women, also showed muscle-strengthening exercises such as yoga and weight lifting fend off the condition.

Scientists showed that those doing at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week – and at least an hour of muscle-strengthening – had the best results.

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Published by the journal PLOS Medicine, the study was carried out by scientists from Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Southern Denmark.

Researchers studied 99,316 middle-aged and older women, who did not have diabetes at the beginning of the study, for eight years. During the period, 3,491 women developed Type 2 diabetes.

They studied the effects of weekly time spent on resistance exercise, lower intensity muscular conditioning exercises and aerobic moderate and vigorous physical activity.

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“Our study suggests that engagement in muscle-strengthening and conditioning activities (resistance exercise, yoga, stretching, toning) is associated with a lower risk of (Type 2 diabetes),” the researchers said.

“Despite limitations to which this research can be applied to women in general, it underlines the message that leading an active healthy lifestyle can help to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes,” said Richard Elliott, research communications officer at Diabetes, UK. (IANS)

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