Implementation of Yoga or Meditation from classes VI to XII from the academic year 2016-17


School Education Department– Implementation of Yoga or Meditation in all the
schools and Junior Colleges in the State of Andhra Pradesh from classes VI to
XII from the academic year 2016-17 – Orders – Issued.

G.O.MS.No. 37 Dated: 06-06-2016
Read the following:
1. From the Joint Secretary to C.M. CMO, CMP No.1812/JS/2015
(VIJ) , dated 05.04.2016.
2. From the Commissioner & Ex-Officio Secretary to Govt
(AYUSH), A.P. Hyderabad, Note No. 500/C2/2016, dated
In pursuance of the decision of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs,
Ministry of Human Resource Development (GoI) has transferred four
components of the “Scheme on Quality Improvement in Schools” to National
Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). “Introduction of Yoga in
Schools” is one of the components to be implemented by NCERT. Yoga has
been an integral part of the subject “Health and Physical Education”, which is a
compulsory subject up to the secondary school stage.

2. The prime outline of the stipulations made in the National Curriculum
Framework - 2005 and the Position Paper on Health and Physical Education
emphasizes “Participation of all children in free play, informal and formal games,
Yoga and sports activities for their physical and psycho-social development”.

3. Government have also observed that Yoga or Meditation is essentially a
discipline based on an extremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing
harmony between mind and body. It is physical activity for healthy living.

4. Government, after careful examination of the matter, hereby orders for
implementation of Yoga or Meditation in all schools and Junior Colleges from
classes VI to XII from the academic year 2016-17 as a part and parcel of
Physical Literacy in the State of Andhra Pradesh by involving reputed Yoga
Organizations in the country, especially ISHA Foundation as a coordinator of the

5. The Commissioner of School Education, the Commissioner of
Intermediate Education and all the participant Departments shall take necessary
further action on the following items for successful implementation of

i. This programme shall be implemented in all categories of schools and
Jr. Colleges functioning under the Government, aided and unaided Private
managements imparting education from classes VI to XII in the State of
Andhra Pradesh.

ii. Services of reputed Yoga / Meditation organizations shall be utilized in
promoting Yoga or Meditation for benefiting the Students, Teachers etc of
the State. Their services may be utilized for Establishment of centers of
excellence in Yoga & Naturopathy / Meditation wellness centers etc., for
imparting training to Students, Volunteers, PETs and other working
teachers / lecturers in School / Intermediate Education.

iii. Continue the Yoga / Meditation training programme designed for Physical
Education Teachers / Physical Directors working in the School /
Intermediate Education Department.

iv. The School Education Department shall design a detailed training and skill
development programme with Yoga courses / Meditation courses ranging
from basic, advanced and professional levels of Yoga / Meditation.
Trained personnel will be facilitated to get accreditation under the Govt. of
India schemes of accreditation of Yoga / Meditation professionals. The
refresher courses shall also be designed for improvement of Yoga /
Meditation skills.

v. Adopt the existing syllabus of Education Department of State for imparting
Yoga / Meditation Education and if it is necessary, for any improvements
in syllabus, shall decide based on NCERT guidelines. The books,
prescribed by the National Council for Educational Research and Training
(NCERT) for Yoga shall also be utilized for Yoga / Meditation training.

vi. The Inspecting authority, as the case may be, shall inspect the institution
along with a qualified and trained Yoga or Meditation Teacher to monitor
the implementation of Yoga or Meditation, assess the quality of
implementation etc. The assistance from the representatives of Yoga /
Meditation organizations shall also be utilized at the time of inspection.

vii. Registrations of organizations / qualified individuals, who are having
required Yoga or Meditation skills, shall be started, well before opening of
Schools / Jr. Colleges for the academic year 2016-17. As soon as
empanelment is over, allocation of specific districts/divisions and areas will
be completed and the training programmes will commence thereafter and
will be completed before 30th of June, 2016.

viii. The School Education Department shall assign specific areas namely
districts / divisions or tasks to the reputed and eligible organizations/
individuals who are interested and willing in promoting Yoga or Meditation.

ix. The School Education Department shall involve ISHA Foundation for
overall coordination in implementation of Yoga / Meditation in the State as
the Government of India has nominated the ISHA Foundation to
coordinate the programme in Andhra Pradesh.

x. The Teachers/Lecturers must be trained in all aspects of Yoga or
Meditation by reputed Yoga / Meditation Organizations/ foundations before
introducing Yoga or Meditation in Schools.

xi. The Commissioner of School Education has to make necessary budgetary
allocations towards purchase of material such as ‘Dari’ / Mattresses for
performing Yoga / Meditation and other requirements like playground or
indoor hall in the institutions, functioning under School Education
Department. In respect of Junior Colleges, the Commissioner / Director of
Intermediate Education is responsible for such issues.

xii. Utilize the existing funds of the participant departments for the purpose to
begin with and also to tap the funds from Government of India under
various schemes.

xiii. Support of non-governmental organizations, reputed Yoga / Meditation
organizations and individuals who are willing to come forward the
implementation of this initiative with their own source of funding and
infrastructure etc, shall also be taken. Funding under corporate social
responsibility and Smart Village Smart Andhra Pradesh partnership may
also be explored.

xiv. The Audio Visual equipment available in the digital classrooms shall be
utilized for teaching of Yoga or Meditation, where necessary.
xv. The Yoga or Meditation shall be practiced thrice a week from within the
time and hours specified for Physical Literacy/ Sports.

xvi. In Private Schools/Jr. Colleges where the existing PET/P.D. is not
qualified to teach Yoga or Meditation, a Yoga or Meditation knowing
instructor shall be appointed by the management at their own cost.

xvii. Necessary precautions shall be taken before, during and after performing
Yoga or Meditation.

xviii. Implementation of Yoga or Meditation is mandatory for all types of
Educational Institutions imparting education at classes VI to XII.

6. Every school and Jr. College whether Government or Aided or Private
unaided shall constitute a committee to look after the teaching of Yoga or
Meditation and performance of the students. The committee shall have the

i. Head Master/Principal of the School/College as the case may be.

ii. Physical Education Teachers of the School/College

iii. Representative of ISHA Foundation

iv. One Member from the Parent-teachers’ Association.

7. Government have also decided to constitute an inter-departmental
committee for coordination and synergy between various departments.
Accordingly, Government hereby constitutes a committee with all member
departments noted below for overseeing implementation of Yoga or Meditation in
all Schools and Junior Colleges from Classes VI to XII from the academic year
2016-17.The committee will work out modalities by involving reputed Voluntary
and Yoga / Meditation Organizations / Corporate Bodies. Day-to-day
implementation of the programme is to be done by the Commissioner of School
Education and the Commissioner of Intermediate Education. The School
Education Department is the Nodal Department for implementing and monitoring
the policy. The composition of the Committee is as follows: -

1 The Principal Secretary to Government, School Education Chairperson
2 The Commissioner of School Education. Member Convener
3 The Commissioner & Ex-Officio Secretary to Govt(AYUSH) Member
4 The Commissioner of Intermediate Education, A.P. Hyderabad Member
5 The Commissioner, Municipal Administration and Urban
Development, A.P. Hyderabad Member
6 The Director, Youth and Sports, A.P. Hyderabad Member
7 The Commissioner, Social Welfare, A.P. Hyderabad Member
8 The Commissioner, Tribal Welfare, A.P. Hyderabad Member
9 The Commissioner, B.C. Welfare, A.P. Hyderabad Member
10 The Director, Minorities Welfare A.P. Hyderabad Member
11 Representative of ISHA Foundation, Coimbatore Member

8. All the Departments concerned shall take necessary further action in the

The Principal Secretary to Government (SE)
The Commissioner of School Education, A.P. Hyderabad
The Commissioner of Intermediate Education, A.P. Hyderabad,
The Commissioner & Ex-Officio Secretary to Govt. (AYUSH), A.P. Hyderabad
The Commissioner, Municipal and Urban Development, A.P. Hyderabad
The Commissioner of Social Welfare, A.P. Hyderabad,
The Commissioner of Tribal Welfare, A.P. Hyderabad
The Commissioner of B.C. Welfare, A.P. Hyderabad
The Director, Youth and Sports, A.P. Hyderabad
The Director, Minorities Welfare, A.P. Hyderabad
The Director, ISHA Foundation, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
The Youth and Advancement, Tourism & Culture Department.
The Medical Health & Family Welfare Department
The Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department
The Social Welfare Department
The Tribal Welfare Department
The B.C Welfare Department
The Minorities Welfare Department

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