AICTE makes yoga mandatory for students to earn an engineering degree

Students studying in engineering colleges and technical institutions will now have to practice yoga as All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has made it mandatory in order to obtain their engineering degree. They will have to participate in yoga or sports or any other extra-curricular activities to get a degree.
Education NewsReason behind the move
As per reports, the institutions have had activities including National Social Service (NSS) and National Cadet Corp (NCC), but it was not mandatory to participate in these activities for getting a degree. Now, AICTE has made it mandatory for students. Officials have said that the move will contribute to a holistic development of the student. Although there are no marks allotted for the same, students will have to cut out 25 per cent of their attendance into these activities.

A student pursuing Bachelors degree in engineering, who seemed to welcome the initiative, said that students won't take up unless it is made mandatory.

Earlier, Union Human Resource and Development Ministry had also hinted on the incorporation of yoga into the curriculum. Colleges were also asked to submit reports on the activities that took place in the colleges on International Yoga Day by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

"Apart from studies, students need to do other activities too which is good for their well-being and for the society too," a senior AICTE official said.

Source: PTI
Published on 7/13/2017 11:59:00 AM
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