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Yoga Classes To Be Introduced In Madhya Pradesh Schools

29/Nov/2016

Taking into account the increasing number of suicide cases among students, the government schools in Madhya Pradesh (MP) will soon be introducing a yoga and discipline period from the academic session 2017. Students will be taught to handle and fight stress related problems so that their mental growth is not hampered.

According to the report, Minister of State for Education Deepak Joshi said, ''Until now education department asked teachers to teach yoga under the physical training period but now schools in the state will have a separate dedicated class for yoga. In some schools this class has already started but we will formally introduce it in the coming session. Our attempt is to de-stress students and help them in living a healthy and stable life.''

Currently, training is being provided to the teachers of all the state government schools at the state level yoga training centre in Bhopal.

Praveen Jain, the head of department at the centre said, ''Right now teachers of Ujjain division are training at our centre. We train teachers for one month for before they are eligible to train students. Teachers of the entire state will be trained by February beginning.''

Between the year 2005 and 2014, student suicides shot up by 240 per cent in MP as per the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) statistics. This year also, from January until board exam results were declared in May, more than 45 students committed suicide and more than 15 attempted the same.

State crime records bureau (SCRB) indicates 625 students ended their lives in Madhya Pradesh in 2015.

Such figures compelled the state assembly to form a committee to look into the reasons for this kind of behaviour and suggest remedial measures. The committee formed during the budget session of the state assembly in April is yet to submit its report.

But the state education department decided to take matters into their hands.

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