New Delhi: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken on Thursday unveiled an exposure draft on National Physical Fitness Programme for school children that would aim at making physical fitness "academically rewarding". The programme seeks to ensure better health among school going children and broad-basing sports culture in the country.
The programme will put into place a system that would assess and ascertain a child's physical fitness from class V onwards. It would entail the formulation of a scientific programme and criteria to first motivate and encourage school going children of both sexes to be physically fit and concurrently evaluate their fitness.
"It has to be realised that the scheme needs to be motivational rather than coercive and to obtain this, the achievement of fitness by a child as to be rewarded in a manner similar to reward for academic achievement," Maken elaborated.
After a comprehensive exercise that involved studying, juxtaposing and extra collating various existing models like that of Sports Authority of India, Army and Paramilitary Organisations, six basic components of physical fitness were evolved: Cardio respiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, explosive Strength, and body composition (percentage of body fat)....more
08:31 AM, Aug 31, 2012