Yoga Training Centres to recieve Monetary Assistance by NCERT

Yoga is a regular subject that is taught at the secondary level of the school curriculum. However, it requires support to bring it at equal level with the other subjects of the curriculum. To provide assistance in this task, NCERT now has a plan at the formative stage through which they will provide financial assistance to the yoga training centres and will also provide skilled teachers of yoga so as to train school students.

It is already acknowledged that overall development of the child is the main focus of education and learning. The contribution of Yoga to the physical aspect of development has been recognised already but it has not been give the due importance and some assistance is required to promote it in schools. For this, it is being considered to provide lump sum grant to teachers for undergoing the grooming of teachers at yoga institutes.

The joint director of NCERT will chair the grant-in-aid committee which is to consider this proposal. The main task of this committee will be consideration and approval of the proposals which will then aid for the release of funds to institutions on decided criteria. For follow up, the monitoring of the execution of this scheme will also be taken up by this committee.

Teachers will be trained in the yoga skills according to the specifications that have been made in the National Curriculum Framework, 2005. It would be the respective states that would take up the responsibility of routing the proposal of yoga institutes. The check or monitor will be kept by a committee which will be specially created for this task by the regional institutes of education which will also monitor the functioning of the training programme.

This scheme would be seen to initiate in August 2009 and around 30 teachers will be a part of a single training program. The deputation of teachers for the purpose will also be done by the state governments. The actual programme of training may stretch over to one month. Also, according to the need of the teachers, refresher courses can also be arranged for duration of 21 days.

DU to Introduce Semester System

The 11th Five Year Plan has been introduced by the University Grants Commission and there have been several considerable changes when it comes to the universities of the central and the state level. These changes are related to the stress on the written examination system, annual result system etc.

The semester system is one of the major changes that might be introduced in the university courses. Since the exam results are delayed and are released after several months of examination, there might occur many loopholes during this time. Academic delay is another effect. To remove this problem and enable gradual assessment of the students, semester system is proposed to be introduced in the central and state universities.

There is a lot of debate on the issue. Highlights are being made by some educationists giving the benefits of semester system which include study all round the year, internal assessment on a continuous mode, twice an year examination, etc. However, some people are also stressing on the already challenging situation when it comes to declaration of results annually. A lot of energy and time will be wasted and this will be an additional challenge for the teachers and the management. Students however are very keen on introduction of the semester system which will be a great way for them to concentrate on their studies and will make them perform better.

Ram Navami-A Time to Value Culture and Celebrate

Ram Navami is celebrated to be the day when Lord Sri Rama was born on the earth. He is said to have lived on this earth in the 7th or 8th century. Primarily, all the Hindus value this festival as one of the most important festivals, since it is the day of birth of their God. The day occurs in the Chaitra month according to the Hindu lunar calendar. A lot of preparations and celebrations are made on this day by people all over the country.

For the children too, this day carries a lot of significance. Since they have to know about their own values and culture and for this, they need to be enlightened about the occasion and its history. Teachers as well as parents can tell them the history of the festival. The best way is to enact some plays and make the children know about the festival. Visits are also arranged to pilgrim places which are popular and celebrate this occasion well.