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Yoga to be made must in govt schools

THE MADHYA Pradesh Government will announce its yoga policy on January 25, 2007, making Suryanamaskar and Pranayam compulsory at 9 am in all Government schools from Class V to XII throughout the State on the same day.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 01:40 IST

THE MADHYA Pradesh Government will announce its yoga policy on January 25, 2007, making Suryanamaskar and Pranayam compulsory at 9 am in all Government schools from Class V to XII throughout the State on the same day.

According to an official press release there will be a group Suryanamaskar programme at Bhopal and other divisional headquarters. Private and other institutions will also be urged to participate in it.

This was decided at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the presence of yoga guru Baba Ramdev at Chief Minister’s official residence here on Monday.

The Chief Minister said the State’s policy on yoga would be announced in the interest of people’s health and the benefits of yoga were now being recognised universally.

The proposed Suryanamaskar programme aims at enhancing mass awareness about yoga. He said that ministers-in-charge and other public representatives would also attend the Suryanamaskar to be organised under the supervision of School Education Department.

Public Instructions Commissioner L S Baghel said pre-training programmes would be organised at different levels for success of this programme.

Baba Ramdev disclosed at the meeting that he was planning to set up a Patanjali Yoga Kendra in Madhya Pradesh where activities pertaining to Ayurveda, medical research, yoga training and research and processing of herbal medicines would be carried out.

The Baba said the Patanjali Vidyapeeth that he set up at Haridwar would manufacture modern Ayurvedic medicines based on genetic research and clinical control on trial basis, which would be internationally recognised. He said that research-based activities would be carried out at the proposed centre in Madhya Pradesh also.

Baba Ramdev said education to 5,000 students and yoga training to 10,000 people would be provided at a time at the Yoga Kendra which would also help promote herbal farming and medical tourism. After full expansion of these activities herbs worth about Rs 400 crore would be purchased from the farmers of Madhya Pradesh.

He said the coming years would see development of spiritual tourism in the State which would attract at least 50 lakh persons annually.  Minister for School Education Dr Narottam Mishra, Minister for Public Health Ajay Vishnoi, vice chairman of Madhya Pradesh Planning Board Sompal Shastri, Anil Dave and senior officers of School Education and Higher Education departments attended the meeting.

Earlier, Baba Ramdev held separate discussions with the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, his wife Sadhana Singh, Minister for School Education Dr Narottam Mishra and Minister for Health Ajay Vishnoi.