Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said that yoga has served humanity in alleviating sufferings and building resilience, especially during the post-Covid era.
The Union Education Minister highlighted that to encourage healthier choices and bring people even more closer together, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suitably chosen this year’s theme as Yoga For Humanity.
The Minister 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.
Pradhan said Yoga is an integral part of health, wellness and physical education. He suggested NCERT to include the ancient wisdom of Yoga in school curriculum. “While we are in the process of developing the NCF, we must prioritise yoga right from ECCE to Class 12th level,” he said.
The Minister 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.
Union Minister of State for Education, Subhas Sarkar; Vice Chairman, AICTE, M.P Poonia; Director NCERT, Prof. Dinesh Prasad Saklani; senior officials of Ministry of Education and over 600 students from various parts of India were, among others, present on the occasion.