New Delhi: In a move aimed at enhancing employment prospects, the central government is preparing to deploy yoga instructors in every school across the country. This initiative is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of AYUSH and the Ministry of Education. The introduction of yoga trainers is envisioned to provide students with training in yoga practise, similar to how sports training is provided in schools.
Already, the states of Delhi, Goa, and Uttar Pradesh have taken the lead by appointing dedicated yoga instructors and incorporating daily yoga classes into their schools. The AYUSH Minister, Sarbananda, expressed his intention to implement this model nationwide.
Yoga has gained recognition as an integral part of the arts, medical, and engineering curricula in higher education. The University Grants Commission (UGC) acknowledges the importance of yoga studies by granting special credit in four-year undergraduate courses, in accordance with the National Education Policy. Furthermore, yoga lessons have already been incorporated into the syllabus provided by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). The AYUSH Ministry aims to provide students with practical training in yoga at the grassroots level.
Previously, the Ministry of Sports had classified yoga as a competitive sport. In a collaborative effort between the Ministry of AYUSH and the Ministry of Sports, steps have been initiated to further develop this aspect. Yogasana will now be included in school, university, state, and national sports competitions, expanding its reach and recognition.