Staff Reporter

Yoga should not be made a compulsory subject: academics

  • IUB is scheduled to ratify proposal today
  • Shankaramurthy to seek feedback from vice-chancellors

    BANGALORE: If Higher Education Minister D.H. Shankaramurthy has his way, school and university students across the State could soon be practising pranayama, meditation and yogasana on campuses. But academics, while welcoming the proposal, feel the subjects should not be made mandatory.

    Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor H.A. Ranganath observes that yoga should be seen as one of the many healthy practices in education. "Yoga is an add-on. People should be encouraged to practise it," he says.

    However, he does not want to see it as another compulsory subject such as Computer Applications and Environmental Science.

    The university teachers have no problem with yoga as a subject of study. But they too don't want to see it as a mandatory subject.

    "Under the semester system, there is no scope for any extra-curricular activity. How will we accommodate yoga. But we welcome the proposal provided the Government recruits enough yoga teachers," says Bangalore University College Teachers' Association (BUCTA) president, K.G. Lokesh.

    The State Government's move to fill 3,500 college teacher vacancies has remained only on paper, says Mr. Lokesh. At least, if the Government recruits yoga teachers, a few hundred people will get jobs, that is his contention.

    The Inter-University Board, the highest decision-making body among universities, is scheduled to ratify the Minister's proposal during its next meeting on Friday. Once the IUB gives its nod, the three subjects would be included in the curriculum of all the 15 State universities for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

    Mr. Shankaramurthy will meet the vice-chancellors and registrars of all universities to seek their feedback.