The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has urged the CBSE affiliated schools to organise events on the occasion of International Yoga Day on 21 June. Schools have been instructed to organise events between 7 a.m. and 7.35 a.m.
Along with the CBSE University Grants Commission and the All India Council for Technical Education have also joined the International Yoga Day bandwagon.
With the day, however, falling right in the middle of summer vacations of schools, many schools plan to ignore the letter.
The letter from the board refers to the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to declare 21 June as International Yoga. It says that in view of the "momentous” occasion, "you are requested to conduct these activities of yoga” at the stipulated time.
The CBSE-affiliated schools have been asked to submit a report on the activities and their photographs to the board.
Many schools are yet to receive the letter from CBSE. Some schools, nevertheless, have decided to conduct a session in order to celebrate the day and tell their students about the importance of yoga. Some other schools have decided to carry on with the vacation, choosing to ignore the letter.
The schools which have planned to hold the yoga session have decided not to interrupt the vacation of the students. These schools would instead enlist the participation of those who come for summer camps or sports training in the morning.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself plans to lead a mega yoga event in the capital on the morning of 21 June. The Union Government is keen to ensure widest participation in the event with the hope of getting it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest yoga demonstration at a single venue. The event is also meant to generate interest among common people in yoga.