Other states expected to emulate UP’s plan to make yoga mandatory in schools

Yoga will soon be made compulsory for students in schools in Uttar Pradesh.

The policy, which is expected to be released soon, aims to cultivate a strong sports culture, develop sports infrastructure and promote sports people even in the most remote areas of the state.

Additional Chief Secretary (Sports) Navneet Sehgal said: “The aim of the policy is to increase the participation of young children by identifying talent in the 5-14 age bracket and strengthening the ecosystem sport through a public-private partnership, a partnership with a public association and a public federation partnership.

He said the Center had given its approval to develop Guru Gobind Singh Sports College in Lucknow as a Center of Excellence (CoE) for three sports. Courses in sports management, sports journalism, sports law, sports data analysis, among others, will be provided to the young people.

The High Performance Centers will support the development of the top 20 athletes in each sport for national and regional competitions.

Sehgal further said that each district will have a district sports center to provide training for promising young talents.

The DSC will also include a District Athletic Training Center (DSCC) to provide basic athletic and fitness training.

Under the new policy, sports federations and international-level players will be allocated land on lease for the establishment of academies. Gram Sabha land reserved for “Khel Ka Maidan” will be leased for rural academies. At least 50% of academy players will come from UP.

To encourage participation in this program, social media and other channels will be used to disseminate information regarding admissions, etc.

The state government is also proposing to establish the Uttar Pradesh Sports Development Fund with an initial corpus of Rs 100 crores.

Under the policy, yoga will be mandatory in the player training program and also for school students.

Facilities will be provided for the training and practice of yoga in the sports stadiums of all district headquarters.

The UP sports development and promotion committee will work to promote sports to all sections of society, such as women, the disabled, etc.

It will make it possible to identify talents and develop their skills. It will also ensure coordination between sports associations and departments such as youth protection, education, social protection, protection of women, health, urban development, industry, army, roads railways, public enterprises and voluntary organizations.

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