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The Supreme Court has dismissed a PIL on Tuesday which called for making Yoga compulsory in schools across the nation, stating the government could make a decision on school curriculums and not the apex court.
“Fundamental right to education doesn't include Yoga. It is for the government to take a decision,” said a bench of the Supreme Court.
"There is indeed a fundamental right to education but there is no fundamental right to do Yoga under this right," observed the bench led by Justice Madan B Lokur.
According to the court, it is not their prerogative to design school curricula and that the government along with its experts, is the right forum to make the decision of making Yoga compulsory in schools.
The bench said, "We can't decide what is to be taught... that's for the government to do."
The court added that no judicial order can be passed to include a specific subject in the school curriculum.
The petition filed by lawyer J C Seth and Padma awardee G L Tandon sought to make study and practice of yoga a compulsory subject in school education in conformation with the Right to Education Act as well as the National Curriculum Framework 2005 in all central and state governments-run and funded schools.
Initially filed in the Delhi High Court, the petition called for developing curriculum, syllabus courses and textbooks for study of yoga comprising 'pranayama' (science of breathing) and also 'asans' (science of body postures) for all students from Class I to Class VIII, in terms of Section 29 of the RTE.