In a bid to promote sports and fitness in schools across the country, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on Sunday, November 24, launched the Fit India School grading system.
The level of ranking will depend on how much importance the school gives to inculcating fitness among its students and teachers, besides facilities available for fitness activities.
The Fit India School rankings are divided into three categories – Fit India Schools(the first level of ranking), Fit India School (3 star) and Fit India School (5 star).
The PM launched the ranking system in his radio programme, Mann Ki Baat on Sunday.
“In the Fit India Movement, schedules have been drawn for ranking schools in accordance with fitness. The schools that achieve this ranking will also be able to use the Fit India logo and flag,” Modi was quoted in The Indian Express.
He added that the schools could declare themselves as fit by visiting the Fit India portal. “I appeal that all schools should enroll in the Fit India ranking system and Fit India should become innate to our temperament. That it becomes a mass movement and bring awareness is what we must strive for,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said that along with Fit India School grading system, the Centre will also introduce fitness awards for villages and districts. Also, starting this year, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be observing the second and third week of November as ‘Fitness Week’ as part of the Fit India Movement.
The minister was present at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi for a walkathon, organised as part of the obesity campaign started by fitness services provider VLCC.
“Citizens need to be fit. The activity doesn’t mean sitting on your laptop and playing games, but going outdoors and sweating it out. Physical fitness is important not just for youngsters, but for people of all ages,” Rijiju was quoted in The Indian Express.