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Plan for yoga in schools

Special Correspondent

It can be introduced in colleges later, says Anbumani


Government striving to popularise traditional Indian systems of medicine

Spread of yoga will create healthy society: Barnala


— Photo: R.Ragu

STRIKING A POSE: A student performing yoga in front of Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, Union Health Minister Ambumani Ramadoss and Finance Minister K. Anbhazhagan at a function in Chennai on Saturday.

CHENNAI: The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has urged the Union Human Resource Development Ministry to make yoga a compulsory subject in school education, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said here on Saturday.

Giving away diploma, degree and post-graduate diploma certificates of the Asana Andiappan Sundara Yoga and Natural Living Development Trust, he said yoga education could initially be introduced in schools and, later, in colleges.

The Union Health Ministry was striving to popularise Siddha, Unani and other traditional Indian systems of medicine. The Centre had earmarked Rs.120 crore for promoting Indian systems of medicine.

Pat for State

He said Tamil Nadu had made great strides in taking comprehensive healthcare to the weaker sections. The Centre’s Rural Health Services Mission was meant to take healthcare services to rural masses.

Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala said there was an urgent need to spread awareness of yoga.

“Yoga masters and colleges like the one run by Asana Andiappan have the onerous responsibility of taking yoga to schools in rural areas. I am confident this will pave the way for the formation of a healthy society.”

Mr. Barnala wanted parents to ensure that their children practised yoga for at least half an hour daily to improve their health and develop a strong and healthy mind with self control.

Finance Minister K. Anbazhagan outlined the steps taken by the State Government to encourage the Indian systems of medicines.

Council sought

Asana Andiappan, president of the Asana Andiappan Sundara Yoga and Natural Living Development Trust, sought a separate council for yoga for the benefit of yoga and naturopathy practitioners.

The concessions given to sports should be extended to students pursuing yoga.

He appealed to Central and State Governments to declare the trust, functioning for over 50 years, a deemed university or an autonomous college in yoga and naturopathy.

Rural service

Later, speaking to reporters, Dr. Anbumani said a decision on compulsory one-year rural service for those who had completed MBBS would be taken only after the receipt of the Sambasiva Rao Committee’s report.

“I appeal to the medicos not to go on strike, and if they are doing so, their career will be at stake,” he saidutioned.

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