SRINAGAR: Educational institutions in Kashmir Valley have been geared up to perform yoga on Wednesday to mark the third International Yoga Day. Several students have stayed back from the exercise because of the ongoing holy month of Ramzan.
During the past two weeks, various training camps were organized at Government Women’s College, in which students from NCC, department of physical education and other streams have been participating.
“Around 30-35 students from every stream will be participating in the event. A large number of students had enrolled for the vent but many of them have left hostels on eve of Eid and Ramzan,” an official of the women’s college said.
At higher secondary school Kothi Bagh, around 150 girl students from NCC and physical education have offered consent for the event of Yoga Day.
A student who is not interested in participation however said that she backed out of the event because of some religious issues. “Many of us are staying back because of Ramzan. In Islamic society, yoga has a different connotation. It includes some practices like surya namaskar that a Muslim cannot perform,” she said.
Sajid Ahmed, an official at Central University of Kashmir said, “Less number of students is participating this year as compared to last year because of the Ramzan.” Sajad said students were showing reservations because of the stigma attached to it. “Only 37 students are showing up on Wednesday,” he said.
Ambreen, a student of the Central University said, “If we will talk about health benefits, offering prayers is best option. Doing yoga exercises for a day can’t save life of a person.”
Meanwhile, various arrangements have been done for the day. According to teachers, Yoga hall will be equipped with Yoga mats. Uniforms and proper refreshments will be distributed among the students. “Lecturers regarding Yoga will be imparted so that students are counseled before doing Yoga sessions,” a teacher said.
On first International Yoga Day, students from all education institutions assembled at Bakshi Stadium, Srinagar. An order was released last year to celebrate the Yoga Day in respective colleges and schools.
However, certain educational institutions have not received any orders for it.