New Delhi, Nov 29: The Supreme Court has asked the centre on Tuesday to take a decision on making yoga compulsory in schools for students in the age group of 6 and 14 across the country.
Earlier, on November 7, a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao had agreed to hear on December 2 the PIL that seeks inclusion of Yoga as a compulsory subject in the curriculum on grounds including that its "secular" and right to health was an integral part of right to life.
The plea, filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a lawyer and Delhi BJP spokesperson, has sought a direction to the Ministry of Human Resources Development, NCERT, NCTE and the CBSE to "provide standard textbooks of 'Yoga and Health Education' for students of Class I-VIII keeping in spirit various fundamental rights such as right to life, education and equality.
It also sought a direction to the Ministries of Women and Child Development and Social Justice and Empowerment to declare 'First Sunday' of every month as 'Health Day' on the lines of 'Polio Day' to make the people aware about health-hazards and health-hygiene." The plea also said that a court at California had held that "yoga is secular".