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'Yoga is one of eight physical activities at high school level,' Vijay Goel informs Rajya Sabha
In a reply in the Rajya Sabha to an unstarred question regarding 'Compulsory yoga/games in high school level', asked by the MP Mohd Ali Khan, the Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel said that 'education was under the Concurrent List, majority of schools came under State Examination Boards and the school curriculum is determined by the state governments. However, the National Curriculum Framework 2005 recognises the role of sports and physical education in the holistic development of children and youth in the country'.

"As part of this policy, the government has made access to play fields, equipment for sports & games and engagement of physical education instructor –a mandatory requirement for all schools under the Right to Education Act," stated the official release of the answer to the question in the Parliament.

In the written reply Goel said, "The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has placed special importance on co-scholastic areas which includes sports and physical fitness and it was expected that State Education Boards would also emulate the CBSE example."

The release further stated that in classes VI-X, any two activities out of the following eight are compulsory: Sports/Indigenous sports (Kho-Kho etc.); NCC/NSS; Scouting and Guiding; Swimming; Gymnastics; Yoga; First Aid; and Gardening/Shramdaan.

According to the release, the Board has advised schools that there should be at least 40-45 minutes of physical activities or games periods for Classes I-X every day. For Classes XI- XII schools should ensure that all the students participate in physical Activity / Games / Mass PT / Yoga with maximum health benefits for at least two period per week (90-120 min week).

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