Rain plays spoilsport as Mumbai schools, colleges tweak Yoga Day plans

  • Puja Pednekar & Apoorva Puranik, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2015 21:57 IST

Given the incessant rains lashing Mumbai from Friday, few city schools and colleges will be able to keep their date with the rest of the world and celebrate Yoga Day on Sunday.

While some educational institutions rescheduled the event to either Monday or Tuesday, others held the Yoga Day-related programmes on Saturday itself. Some colleges even had to cancel their celebrations on Saturday. “We preponed our celebrations to Saturday as heavy showers have been forecast for Sunday,” said Anjali Bowen, principal of Ryan International School, CBSE, Kandivli.

Schools that did not have classes on Saturday have moved the celebrations to Monday or Tuesday. “We have not been able to plan the day as the school was closed on Friday and Saturday,” said Sister Maria, principal, St Teresa’s Convent High School, Santacruz. Activity School in Peddar Road, Balmohan Vidya Mandir in Dadar and several others plan to celebrate Yoga Day on Monday.

Some schools though will brave the rains and observe the event on Sunday. “We planned to postpone the event. But we received misleading messages from the education department that it was compulsory to observe the day on Sunday,” said Rajesh Pandya, senior teacher, Fatimadevi English School, Malad. “It will be a tough as we do not have a huge campus or an indoor hall,” he added.

Some colleges too have decided to keep the date with the rest of the world. Thakur Vidya Mandir School and Junior College, Kandivli, has asked students to dress in. “We do not want to miss out on celebrating the day with the rest of the world. We will hold the programme in the school hall so the rains won’t affect us,” said Anuradha Kamat, principal, Thakur Vidya Mandir.

Jai Hind College, which had planned events for two days, will now celebrate Yoga Day on Sunday. Attendance has not been made compulsory for any students, the college authorities said.

"If rains persist, we might move our celebration to next week," said Manju Nichai, principal, KC College, Churghgate.

Few colleges who had planned events on Saturday have now postponed them to Monday due to heavy rains. "With the BMC advising the colleges to remain shut, we have moved the event to Monday," said Shobhna Vasudevan, principal, Podar College, Matunga.

City tries to keep the date
Celebrations postponed
"Yoga Day activities will be organised next week as our school was shut for two days owing to the rains. There will be separate batches for primary and secondary sections,” said Vira D'Souza, head teacher of primary, Vanita Vishram High School, Charni Road

International schools miss out
International schools such as Cathedral and John Connon School in Fort and Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Bandra, will not be able to celebrate the day as the vacations are on. “Our academic year begins only in mid-July,” said a spokesperson of the Aditya Birla World Academy, Grant Road.

Students asked to do yoga at home
Gundecha Education Academy, Kandivli, has asked students to perform yoga asanas at home on Sunday. “The students have been taught the asanas in school but we do not want to put them through the trouble of coming to school on Sunday. So we have asked them to do the asanas at home and send the videos to us,” said Seema Buch, principal.

Teachers miss training
Most teachers were unable to attend training for Yoga Day organised by the education department on Friday at Dadar because of heavy rains.

White attire compulsory
Many schools have asked students to come dressed in white for the celebrations. Parents of children from a school in Masjid Bandar complained that the school informed them about the dress code at the last minute

Common protocol for Yoga Day
* A circular issued on June 9 from the education department asked schools to hold programmes from 7am to 7.33am on June 21

* Start with a two-minute prayer

* Warm up for three minutes

* Performing asanas for 15 minutes

* End with pranayam and meditation.

* Schools have to fill in forms stating the number of students, teachers who attended the programme

* The forms also ask them to provide reasons for not holding programmes on that day

(Inputs by Aadesh Bhangre)

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