Karnataka makes meditation compulsory in schools and junior colleges

The Karnataka government on Thursday issued instructions to schools and junior colleges in the state to provide a 10-minute meditation session for students.

State Education Minister BC Nagesh said necessary guidelines have been issued regarding holding meditation sessions in schools and colleges for 10 minutes each day.

The measure is taken to increase concentration, health and good thoughts. It will also help students overcome stress and acquire knowledge freely in pre-university schools and colleges, the minister said.

The “dhyan” meditation session is conducted in schools in many districts of the state. Requests have been made to allow 10-minute meditation classes at all schools and colleges, he said.

Regular meditation sessions should be conducted for students.

School and college principals should set a time and organize a meditation session for students, Minister Nagesh said.

The move is likely to draw criticism as progressive thinkers and minority organizations have criticized the ruling BJP for “saffronizing education”.



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