Health and Physical Education is a compulsory subject from Class I to Class X and optional from Classes XI to XII, the minister said in a written reply in the Parliament.
"The entire group Health and Physical Education and Yoga must be taken together as a comprehensive Health and Physical Education Curriculum, replacing the fragmentary approach current in schools today. As a core part of the curriculum, time allocated for games and for yoga must not be reduced or taken away under any circumstances", the minister quoted from the National Curriculum Framework 2005.
"Further, they have already developed integrated syllabi on Health and Physical Education from Class I to Class X. The content of Yoga has been included from Class VI onward.
"It also prepared separate syllabus on Yoga from Upper Primary to Secondary Stage", said the minister.
"There are 9 universities offering Higher education in Yoga; and 2 universities offering higher education in 'Yoga and Naturopathy' in the country", the minister added.
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