Make ‘Health and Yoga Science’ compulsory till class 8: PIL in Delhi High Court

New Delhi BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has filed a public interest litigation against the Center and Delhi The government has been asked to direct the government to make ‘Health and Yoga Science’ a compulsory part of the curriculum up to class VIII for holistic development. Of children The petitioner said that the […]
 


Make ‘Health and Yoga Science’ compulsory till class 8: PIL in Delhi High Court

New Delhi BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has filed a public interest litigation against the Center and Delhi The government has been asked to direct the government to make ‘Health and Yoga Science’ a compulsory part of the curriculum up to class VIII for holistic development. Of children

The petitioner said that the right to health (Article 21) and education The rights of (Article 21A) are complementary and complementary to each other. Therefore, it is the duty of the State to make “Health and Yoga Sciences” a compulsory part of the curriculum up to class VIII in the spirit of S.29 of the RTE Act 2009.

 

The right to health guaranteed under Article 21 includes the prevention, protection and improvement and it is the minimum requirement to enable children to live with dignity.

Upadhyay, in the PIL, said that therefore, the state not only has a constitutional obligation to provide “health and yoga education” to children, but also to create and ensure continuity of conditions conducive to good health.

 

It is pertinent to point out that a three-judge Bench of the California Court of Appeals has held that yoga is a secular activity and the Supreme Court has also expressed similar views in three cases, therefore it is the duty of the state to provide standard textbooks of health and yoga. Is. Science for students of classes 1-8 in the spirit of Articles 21, 21A, 39, 47, it said.

The petitioner argued that after the enactment of the RTE Act, the study of health and yoga sciences has become a right of 6-14 year olds. But it remains a mere name on paper and is the most neglected subject.

 

He said that marks are not given for health and yoga science in the annual examination and even the teachers of Kendriya Vidyalaya and Navodaya Vidyalayas say that it is not a compulsory subject.

He also said that NCERT has not yet published standard textbooks on ‘Health and Yoga Sciences’ for students of classes 1-8.

Hence without curriculum, standard textbooks, trained teachers and evaluation of marks, NCF has completely failed to provide health and yoga education in the spirit of 2005.

The PIL states that there is a total conflict between the actual practice and ideal of yoga, as enunciated by the Prime Minister in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly.