ICSE schools asked to train students in yoga for June 21 celebration


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According to the circular, practising yoga shouldn't be a one-day activity, and the schools and colleges must be prepared to organise yoga-related events throughout the year.

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has issued a circular to all ICSE schools regarding celebration of the International Yoga Day on June 21. The board wants all institutions to train students, so that they can present an hour-long mass yoga demonstration on June 21. In addition, the institutions have been asked to hold fun activities, musical yoga events and yoga festival to attract youth towards the practise.

According to the circular, practising yoga shouldn't be a one-day activity, and the schools and colleges must be prepared to organise yoga-related events throughout the year. From time to time, lectures and demonstration of yoga should be held with the help of professionals. They must also organise debates, quiz, essay and drawing competitions and so on to promote yoga among students.

The institutions, yoga teachers and instructors have also been asked to get a certificate, developed by the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in collaboration with the Quality Council of India, within the next one or two months.

The above instructions were decided upon in a meeting held on April 5, in which the authorities from the Ministry of AYUSH, members of CBSE and ICSE boards, department of school education, MHRD, and representatives of some educational institutions were present. The meeting was held to discuss ways to attract the youth to yoga.

Fr Francis Swamy, principal of St Mary's ICSE School in Mazgaon, said, "To create more awareness on yoga, the ICSE board is showing solidarity. Most ICSE schools have instructors to teach yoga." Wilfred Noronha, principal of St Peter's School in Panchgani, said, "We do conduct yoga sessions for our students, so a celebration on International Day of Yoga won't be a big task for us."

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