Karnataka forms committee to implement moral education, meditation lessons in govt schools, PU colleges

The Karnataka school education and literacy department Saturday said a committee of education experts will submit a report on introducing daily meditation and moral education lessons for students in government schools and pre-university colleges.

The government in an order issued Saturday said daily mediation in schools will improve the stamina, concentration, and mental and physical well-being of students. Further, the government stated that moral education will inculcate values like honesty, compassion, non-violence, and brotherhood among the students.

The committee comprises six members – Gururaj Karajagi, president of the Academy of Creative Teaching; Dwarkanath, member of Vidya Vardhaka Sangha; Dr VB Arathi, faculty at Vibhu Academy; Sucheta Bhat, CEO of Dream Academy; Alpana Palatty, principal of Sophia High School; and B Ameer John, lecturer of Physics at Government Girls PU College, Chikkaballapur.

The order also stated that the committee will have to submit a report to the government within one month and the commissioner of public education will take necessary steps to organise a meeting of the said committee. The department announced a separate order will be issued regarding the payment of the honorarium to the members of the said committee.

The school education department has been planning to introduce moral education and meditation in government schools for some time now. In January, the department also convened a meeting with religious leaders from multiple faiths, and education experts to discuss the implementation of value-based education in schools. The ‘consultative round table meeting’ involving religious leaders and education experts was also convened in order to create a curriculum framework for imparting value education in schools in sync with the National Education Policy, 2020.