Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to pass the order to make Yoga education compulsory in schools and said that it is center's job to make a call on such issues.
"We are no body to say what should be taught in schools. It is none of our business. We cannot pass such order, "the bench said.
In an affidavit, HRD ministry informed the SC "RTE Act does not specifically mention about the curriculum of yoga. As such, it cannot be concluded that yoga education has become an enforceable fundamental right. Yoga is an integral part of the curriculum of 'Health and Physical Education', which is a compulsory subject for Classes 1 to 10. To that extent, yoga has not been neglected in school education".
The center also clarified that majority of schools are under the control of their respective states and union territories and it is the duty of the states and UTs to pass such order if, they deem it necessary.
"Implementation of various subject areas, including yoga, depends upon states and UTs concerned," an official said.
"NCF 2005 provides that yoga may be introduced from the primary level onwards in informal ways, but formal introduction of yoga exercises should begin only from Class 6 onwards," it said.
"So far as schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education are concerned, which has adopted NCERT curriculum and syllabi, 'Health and Physical Education' is compulsory for Class 1 to 10 and optional at Classes 11 and 12," the Centre said.