The All India Council for Technical Education has now made it mandatory to be actively involved in yoga, sports or other socially relevant activities to be awarded a degree in engineering and technical colleges and institutes.
Students won't be marked, but they will have to ensure at least 25% attendance.
These options have been available from earlier, but weren't compulsory to get a degree.
Should yoga be made mandatory?
What are the options for students?
The AICTE, which governs over 10,000 institutes having 18 lakh students, said the schemes are being introduced for the "well-being (of the students) and for the society too".
Some options for students are joining the National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Social Service (NSS) or the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan.
Eg, under the latter, students will have to visit villages and engage with rural folk.
The finer details
Students will have to pick one from five activities. There won't be extra marks, but less than 25% attendance might lead to holding of degrees. According to BTech student Pooja Sharma, it is a good move since students won't take them up unless made mandatory.
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