Delhi: June 18: Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Education Minister said that yoga has served humanity in alleviating sufferings and building resilience, especially during the post-Covid era.
While inaugurating the National Yoga Olympiad – 2022 and quiz competition, Pradhan highlighted that to encourage healthier choices and bring people even closer together, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suitably chosen this year’s theme as Yoga For Humanity.
He further said that Yoga is India’s gift to the world and it has gained tremendous popularity globally since the UN General Assembly adopted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal to celebrate 21st June as International Day of Yoga. Yoga is uniting the world in the pursuit of good health and wellness, he added.
The Minister stressed that NEP 2020 lays special emphasis on the physical and emotional well-being of both students and teachers. Sports-integrated learning will inculcate sportsman spirit and help students adopt fitness as a lifelong attitude, he added.
He suggested NCERT to include the ancient wisdom of Yoga in our curriculum. While we are in the process of developing the NCF, we must prioritize yoga right from ECCE to Class 12th level. He also suggested NCERT to conduct yoga Olympiads at the school, block, district and state levels. He said Involving school students from every block will further the legacy of yoga and also help in making yoga as a lifestyle.
While addressing the participants Minister of State for Education Subhas Sarkar said that yoga has to be popularised as a part of the National Education Policy 2020. He added that the is aim to promote such an education system which gives the citizen a vision to see the country in a unified form.
The National Yoga Olympiad is being organized jointly by the Ministry of Education and the National Council of Educational Research and Training from 18th to 20th June 2022.