SC: You cannot make yoga compulsory in schools

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said yoga cannot be imposed on anyone.

A bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur said it can't decide what is to be taught in schools and that the government can take a decision on the issue. The court dismissed pleas seeking direction to make yoga compulsory in schools for students from classes 1 to 8. 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 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".