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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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Bollywood Celebs Shares Their Views: International Yoga Day

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Bollywood Celebs Shares Their Views: International Yoga Day
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From veterans like Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini to mothers Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Soha Ali Khan — Bollywood celebrities, for whom fitness is a way of life — posted yoga poses and spoke about its benefits on the occasion of International Yoga Day on Thursday.

While Amitabh Bachchan shared an old image of himself performing a yogasana on Twitter, Hema took the opportunity to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for spreading awareness about it “not only in India but in all the countries he has visited in the world”.

Here’s what the celebrities had to say:

Amitabh Bachchan: Greetings… but the attire for yoga is not ideal, that was a still from the Gujarat Tourism campaign.

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Amitabh Bacchan, flickr

Hema Malini: Today is International Yoga Day — a celebration of the world wide interest in our own yogasanas. Thanks to our PM who has spread awareness not only in India but in all the countries he hs visited in the world! I request all of you to spend a little time on your bodies to keep fit. I do!

Shilpa Shetty: Pranayama: Prana means life (no life without breath), Ayama means practice or control. So, when you practice control over breath you will have control over your life and mind. It not only cleanses 72000 nadis or channels, your mind and blood, but that cleansing process translates into energy..

Shakti. This power helps you positively manifest your Aura, relationships, self awareness and goals. This International Yoga day start with Pranayama. Welcome the new you. Inhale the future, exhale the past. Enjoy the present. A big thank you to Narendra Modiji who leads and inspires by example and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore for keeping the momentum going so passionately ‘hum fit toh India fit’.

Sandhya Mridul: Smile. Everyday. Best asana of all! Happy Yoga Day people.

Rajeev Khandelwal: The world follows it… we created it.. let’s own it!

Milind Soman: My contribution to the 1,00,000 Suryanamaskaaras that the people at Be Cure Fit are targeting today on International Yoga Day. I feel stronger and more flexible with yoga and it’s never too late to start.

Soha Ali Khan
Soha Ali Khan, flickr

Soha Ali Khan: Why I’ll always pick yoga over the latest fitness fad.

Nimrat Kaur: Place we shall ever have to live in. Keep it safe and beaming! Way of life. Born again.

Also read: Yoga a Boon for Breast Cancer Survivors

Mugdha Veira Godse: Union of body and mind! Happy International Yoga Day. Today is the day to start a brand new fitness routine. (IANS)