NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to make Yoga education compulsory in schools saying that it was for the Centre to take a call on such issues.
A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta dismissed a petition filed by an advocate to make Yoga compulsory in schools after Centre opposed the plea.
“We are no body to say what should be taught in schools. It is none of our business. We cannot pass such order, ” the bench said.
In its affidavit, the human resource development ministry informed the SC, “RTE Act does not specifically mention about the curriculum of yoga. As such, it cannot be concluded that yoga education has become an enforceable fundamental right.
Yoga is an integral part of the curriculum of ‘Health and Physical Education’, which is a compulsory subject for Classes 1 to 10. To that extent, yoga has not been neglected in school education.”
The Centre also clarified that education figured in the concurrent list and a majority of schools were under the control of states and Union Territories. Hence, it was for states and UTs to ensure compliance of the provisions of NCF, under which yoga is an integral part of ‘Health and Physical Education’ at all levels of school education, it said.