Andhra chief minister Chandrababu Naidu’s government has made Yoga classes compulsory in all state-run educational institutions as well as private and aided schools.

 

Yoga and meditation will be taught from class VI to XII from the academic year 2016-17 as part of chief minister’s pet program of physical literacy.

 

Coimbatore-based spiritual guru Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev who runs the Isha Foundation will be the coordinator for the entire Yoga program. 

 

 

This comes at a time when government schools do not have adequate teachers for science or math.

 

According to sources in the government, a directive has been issued to even private institutes to start appointing Yoga instructors at their own cost without fail so that classes could begin pronto.

 

Last year, Naidu, his entire cabinet and a vast number of the state's senior bureaucrats  underwent the Isha Foundation's flagship, three-day Yoga course called 'Inner Engineering’.

 

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The event was unprecedented in India in the sense that the entire state machinery had downed shutters for three days on account of Yoga programme. According to the CM, the 'Inner Engineering' course was specially designed for the improvement of the personality of government functionaries as well as their performance.

 

The Andhra CM has become a one of Jaggi Vasudev's most high-profile adherents.

 

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Naidu believes that ministers and officers huge reservoirs of 'inner strength' as they had cope with the administrative and governance challenges the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh posed. So impressed is Naidu with Jaggi Vasudev's methods that he Naidu was so impressed by the Yoga guru that he has offered Isha Foundation 400 acres of land near Vijayawada.

 

The government has also asked all the schools and colleges to set up a committee to periodically monitor the teaching quality of Yoga, Meditation and its impact on the performance of students. The committee, headed by the principal of the institute, will have physical education instructor, an ISHA Foundation representative to monitor the progress.

 

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