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According to the latest rule by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), every student must take part in any socially relevant activity in order to be eligible for getting an educational degree.
The activities can include yoga classes or any sports classes that will be socially and physically helpful in building a student's mental health.
At least 25% attendance is compulsory in these classes but no exams or scores would be given on the basis of the student's performance.
Previously, all these technical institutes had National Social Service (NSS), National Cadet Corps (NCC) and the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan but none of them was a mandatory rule to attain a degree.
Now the AICTE which has more than 10,000 institutions with over 18 lakh students, has made this rule mandatory.
'Apart from studies, students need to do other activities too which is good for their well-being and for the society too', a senior AICTE official said.
'By doing yoga or sports they can take care of their health', the official said.
Last year many educational institutes had made it compulsory to celebrate the International Yoga Day in schools and now with AICTE coming up with this new law, Yoga and fitness sports seem to have taken a front gear.
The students have given a good response to the new rule stating that 'it will help us stay fit'.