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SC refuses to make yoga compulsory in schools

The apex court bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur made it clear that the court can't decide what is to be taught in schools and added that the government has to take a decision in this regard.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [Published on:08 Aug 2017, 12:54 PM IST]
Supreme Court of India
Yoga cannot be imposed on anyone, says SC

Dismissing pleas seeking direction to make yoga compulsory in schools, the Supreme Court today said that yoga cannot be imposed on anyone. 

The apex court bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur made it clear that the court can't decide what is to be taught in schools and added that the government has to take a decision in this regard. 

The court order came on two PILs filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a lawyer, and Delhi BJP spokesperson and advocate J.C. Seth seeking introduction of yoga in schools and making mandatory yoga classes for school students,  from classes 1 to 8,  across the country.

Upadhyay sought direction to the Human Resource Development Ministry, the National Council of Educational Research and Training, the National Council for Teacher Education and the Central Board of Secondary Education to "provide standard textbooks on yoga and health education for students of Class 1 to 8".

(With IANS inputs)